"A poster of Matisse, or maybe Monet. No! Modigliani"

Red Nude by Amedeo Modigliani
Public DomainRed Nude by Amedeo Modigliani - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Claude Monet (1840-1926), and Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) are widely considered three of the greatest painters of all time and their work can be found in art galleries around the world. While French artist Matisse was best known for his revolutionary use of colour, Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting.

Modigliani was Italian but, like Matisse and Monet, worked mainly in France and was primarily a figurative artist. Unfortunately overwork and an addiction to drugs and alcohol took their toll and Modigliani died aged 35.

The Modigliani poster referred to in The History of Love could be one of several nude works, such as the Red Nude painted in 1917 and pictured here.