Blue Caryatid - Recto c.1911
Blue crayon, 17 ¼ x 10 ½ inches; 43.8 x 26.6 cms
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 373 [No. 358].
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, September 1993 - January 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.
Of the 448 drawings reproduced in The Unknown Modigliani, this is one of only eight female nudes drawn with blue crayon.
Its extreme delicacy and purity of line – the head drawn with slightly increased pressure to make it stand out from the body – likens this drawing to a single, barely audible violin note whose fragility and heightened pitch give it a quietly intense, ethereal beauty.
1912-13 Museum of Modern Art, New York
Evident is its relationship to Modigliani’s massive, lyrical Caryatid sculpture above – his only crouching Caryatid sculpture.
Musee d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve
The oval-shaped face, the expression, rounded body and delicate sensuality of Blue Caryatid anticipates, and remarkably so, this sublime Nude of 1917.
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