Female Head [recto] c.1909
Reclining Nude [verso] – visible in the above drawing.
Black crayon; 20 x 30.1 cms; 7 7/8 x 11 ¾ inches.
Stamped with the Paul Alexandre collection mark.
Provenance: Dr Paul Alexandre, Paris, to whom it was given by Modigliani.
By descent to the present owner.
Reproduced: The Unknown Modigliani, Noël Alexandre, Recto - Full Page 411 [No. 405]
Fonds Mercator, 1993.
The above book, written by Paul Alexandre’s youngest son Noël, is dedicated:
To my friend Richard Nathanson whose enthusiasm and artistic sensibility have encouraged me to publish this account.
Exhibited: Modigliani Drawings from The Collection of Paul Alexandre at:
Venice, Palazzo Grassi, September 1993 - January 1994.
London, Royal Academy, London January - April 1994
Tokyo, Ueno Royal Museum, October - December 1994.
Montréal, Museum of Fine Art, February - April 1996.
Rouen, Musée des Beaux Arts, July - October 1996.
St Tropez, Musée L’Annonciade, Modigliani, July - October 2010.
The melancholy, downward gaze of this head recalls Modigliani’s ‘The Beggar Woman’ [below] painted the same year. This moving painting, as with other major paintings of 1909, was influenced by Cezanne in colour, mood and structure. The great beauty, intense personal objectivity [later termed ‘Cubism’] and humanity of Cezanne’s art made a deep impression on Modigliani.
Brancusi met Modigliani in 1908 and encouraged him to pursue his sculpture. Brancusi’s ‘Sleeping Muse’ [below] was made the year this was drawn; and it is interesting to consider the link between the two works.
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