Artist Amadeo Modigliani was born in 1884. An Italian Jewish painter and sculptor, he moved to Paris, France in 1906. Between 1909 and 1914 he was a sculptor then he primarily painted portraits of people known for having elongated necks. Mr. Modigliani painted portraits of numerous well-known artist friends, including Juan Gris, Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso. Sickly most of his short life, Mr. Modigliani had only one solo exhibition which was in Paris. The exhibition was shut down by Paris police after one day due to a series of nudes which were contained in the exhibition.
His Red-headed Girl in Evening Dress and Bride and Groom are well-known but his Nu Coudie sold for the most money-about $170.4 million at a Christies auction in 2015.
Speaking of elongated necks, Giraffe Playing Banjo (shown above) was painted with a fine 2012 Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It can be purchased by going to the Shop Our Art section and Modern and Abstract drop down category then clicking on the Giraffe Playing Banjo image and following the prompts.