Reclining Nude circa 1909
Brown ink; 20 x 31 cms; 8 ¾ x 12 ¼ 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 358 [No. 338].
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.
Modigliani painted his first recorded Nude, Nudo Dolente and two smaller nudes of La Petite Jeanne in 1908. This was painted, most probably, the following year. And in its elongated, sensual pose resides the genesis of his great nude paintings – a selection of which is reproduced below. What is also fascinating is the abstract quality of the figure’s lyrical, perhaps subconsciously symbolic, river-like flow which defines Modigliani’s last three nudes of 1919.
Painted circa 1916-18
Painted circa 1919
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