Happy Birthday Amedeo Modigliani!! Italian-Jewish Expressionist artist, born in 1884, Modigliani relocated to France, where he lived and worked in Paris from 1906 on. He was influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne and Picasso. He began as a sculptor, but the lack of available supplies, due to the war, caused him to switch to painting. The sculptural qualities of his work continued to show in his paintings (note Portrait of Lipchitz and His Wife (1916) below). He is considered one of the greatest Italian painters of all times.