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Modigliani is the definitive biography of
one of this century's most famous painters, a man who lived on art, alcohol, drugs, and
the sexual abuse of women.
At last William Fifield sets the record straight in
a carefully researched, compelling biography. It is made from what the author calls
"living witnesses," among them everyone alive (though some have died since their
interviews with William Fifield) who had been painted or drawn by Modigliani. The main
witnesses were Picasso; Diego Rivera; Cocteau; Braque; Jeanne Modigliani, the painter's
daughter; Lunia Czechowska, the greatest of his models; Vera Modigliani, his
sister-in-law; Paulette Jourdain, the last woman Modigliani painted; and Hanka Zborowska,
the widow of Modigliani's dealer.
The text is accompanied by rare photographs, many
never before published, some from the Modigliani family albums. Among these is the last
photograph ever taken of Modigliani.