Male Head & Shoulders c.1911
Blue crayon; 42.8 x 26.7 cms; 16 ¾ x 10 ½ 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, by Noël Alexandre. Page 244 [no. 167].
Published by 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, 1993 - 1994.
Tokyo, Ueno Royal Museum,1994.
Bruges, Centro d’Arte San Giovanni, 1994.
Montréal, Museum of Fine Art, 1996.
Rouen, Musée des Beaux Arts, 1996.
Whilst this drawing cannot be considered a direct study for Modigliani’s above sculpture, it can be related, given the closeness of the tightly-set eyes, the tiny compressed mouth, small ears, swept-back hair, curved lower jaw and chin and elongated neck.
The elemental simplicity and beauty, mysterious stillness and power of this 2000 BC Cycladic ‘Head of an Idol’ in the Louvre; also its continuing aura some 4000 years after its carving would – as this drawing shows – have moved and inspired Modigliani.
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