Amedeo Modigliani lived the life that most people think of when they think of an artist. He was a bohemian, a strong-willed free spirit. He depended on patrons and dealers who believed in his art. He had many lovers and argued fiercely with his fellow artists in the Montparnasse area of Paris, France, in an era at the end of the 19th century known as the fin de siècle. His freedom and his fast and loose approach to life could not last forever. Drug addiction and alcoholism would weaken his already frail body, and illness would lead to tragedy that stretched beyond just Modigliani.
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