Modigliani

Standing Woman, Left Breast bared c.1911 

 

 

Black crayon; 43 x 26.5 cms; 17 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 398 [No. 389].

                         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.

 

 

The ballet-like pose of the left arm curved lyrically around the top of the head; also the biblical quality of the figure suggest Modigliani might initially have imagined her resting a vase on her head – perhaps as ‘Rebecca at the Well’. Such a pose would have unbalanced this regal figure and diminished her statuesque grace – hence perhaps the very unusual vase-shape of her torso.  

 

 

 

 

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During his formative travels through Italy which preceded his arrival in Paris in the winter of 1906, Modigliani would have seen the above two carvings  – 1. The Announcing Virgin, detail, 1370. 2. Jacopo della Quercia Announcing Angel 1421-26. Their portrayal of female grace and divinity would have touched him deeply.

 

 

 

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