July 12, 1884 – January 24, 1920
If you look up "artistic genius" in an encyclopedia, you just might see the picture of Amedeo Modigliani.
In life: unappreciated, only had one exhibition, workaholic, Bohemian lifestyle, destroyed own work, no money, torrid love affairs, alcoholic, traded paintings for food, drug addict, dead in his 30s.
In death: considered one of the greatest modern artists, subject of multiple books and films, paintings are worth millions.
Yep, your prototypical artistic genius. Well, except for one thing.
Yep, you guessed it.
December 2, 2008