1884 – He was born this year into a Jewish family at Livorno, Tuscany. Livorno was still a relatively new city, by Italian standards, in the late 19th century.
1898 – He worked in the studio of Micheli from this year until 1900. Here his earliest formal artistic instruction took place in an atmosphere deeply steeped in a study of the styles and themes of nineteenth-century Italian art.
1901 – While he was in Rome, he admired the work of Domenico Morelli, a painter of melodramatic Biblical studies and scenes from great literature.
1902 – He continued what was to be a life-long infatuation with life drawing, enrolling in the Accademia di Belle Arti.
1906 – He moved to Paris, then the focal point of the avant-garde. In fact, his arrival at the epicentre of artistic experimentation coincided with the arrival of two other foreigners who were also to leave their marks upon the art world, Gino Severini and Juan Gris.
1908 – He painted “The Jewess” this year.
1909 – He returned home to Livorno, sickly and tired from his wild lifestyle. Soon he was back in Paris, this time renting a studio in Montparnasse.
1916 – This year, he painted the “Portrait of Jaques and Berthe Lipchitz.” He also befriended the Polish poet and art dealer Leopold Zborovski and his wife Anna.
1917 – He had his first one-man exhibition opened at the Berthe Weill Gallery.
1919 – He returned to Paris, where, with Hébuterne and their daughter, he rented an apartment in the rue de la Grande Chaumière.
1920 – He died of tuberculosis in Paris at the age of 35.