When I wrote In The Eye of The Storm, part of the plot concerned the modern art movement. I decided to give Veronique a “crush”on Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
Modigliani was an Italian Sephardic Jew from Livorna. He was noted, as a child, for having “weak lungs”; he frequently suffered bouts of pneumonia. He eventually developed tuberculosis, to which he would succumb in 1920. His family noticed his talent for art, and he went to study in Florence and Venice. From there, he went to Paris … certain of fame and fortune.
He was, however, pretty much broke in short order … and doing the early 20th century equivalent of couch surfing while he painted. He went back to Italy for his health, which was steadily worsening … and became fascinated with sculpture. Like his paintings, his sculpture showed his fascination with how lines could demonstrate character and personality as well as shape.
You can learn more about Modigliani here: Amedeo Modigliani on the Jewish Virtual Library
(Both images in this post are in the public domain, via Creative Commons.)