Portrait d' homme, le mendiant de livourne, beggar of leghorn


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GENERAL DATA:


TITLES GIVEN:

  1. Portrait d' homme
  2. le mendiant de livourne
  3. beggar of leghorn
  4. le paysan italien
DATED:
August, 1909.
 
SIZE:
25 7/8 x 20 5/8 in.
65.8 x 52.4 cm.

Ceroni by mistake is: 55 x 50cm
 
MEDIUM:
Oil on canvas.
 
SIGNED:
signed and dated 'Modigliani 1'août 1909' (lower right).
 
MARKS OR INSCRIPTIONS:
-.
 
ACTUAL LOCATION:
PRIVATE COLLECTION ?

 


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BIBLIOGRAPHY & EXHIBITION HISTORY:



Literature
  1. A. Pfannsteil, Modigliani, L'art et la vie, Paris, 1929, p. 4, no. V (illustrated).
  2. catalogue du salon des artistes independants paris, 1910.
  3. R. Franchi (ed.), Modigliani, Florence, 1944 (illustrated pl. III).
  4. R. Franchi (ed.), Modigliani, Florence, 1947 (illustrated pl. III).
  5. N. Ponente, Commentari, Rome, April-June 1952 (illustrated pl. XLII).
  6. J. Lipchitz, Amedeo Modigliani, New York, 1954, (illustrated pl. 3.).
  7. A. Pfannstiel, Modigliani et son oeuvre, étude critique et catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1956, p. 61, no. 17.
  8. A. Ceroni, Amedeo Modigliani, Milan, 1958, no. 20 (illustrated, titled Le mendiant).
  9. F. Russoli, Amedeo Modigliani, Milan, 1958.
  10. J. Modigliani, Modigliani sans légende, Florence, 1961, no. 21.
  11. A. Werner, Amedeo Modigliani, Paris, 1968, p. 79.
  12. J. Lanthemann, Amedeo Modigliani 1884-1920, Catalogue raisonné: sa vie, son oeuvre complet, son artBarcelona, 1970, p. 109, no. 32 (illustrated p. 168).
  13. A. Ceroni, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Modigliani, 1972, no. 24 (illustrated p. 88).
  14. C. Mann, Modigliani, London, 1980, no. 29 (illustrated p. 53).
  15. C. Roy (ed.) Modigliani, Paris, 1985, p. 28.
  16. T. Castieau-Barrielle, La vie et l'oeuvre de Amedeo Modigliani, Paris, 1987, (illustrated p. 47).
  17. C. Parisot, Modigliani, Livorno, 1988 (illustrated p. 35).
  18. C. Parisot, Modigliani, catalogue raisonné: peintures, dessins, aquarelles, vol. II, Livorno, 1991, no. 1/1909 (illustrated p. 32).
  19. C. Parisot, Modigliani, Paris, 1992 (illustrated p. 18). 

Exhibited
  1. Paris, Cours-la-Reine, 26e Exposition, Société des Artistes Indépendants, March - May 1910, no. 3690 (the Société catalogue specifies the owner as Monsieur J[ean] A[lexandre]).
  2. Brussels, Palais des Beaux-ArtsModigliani, November 1933, no. 3 (titled Le paysan italien).
  3. Cleveland, Ohio the Museum of Art, Modigliani-Soutine, January - March 1951; this exhibition later travelled
  4. to New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1951.
  5. Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Cent tableaux de Modigliani, 1958, no. 7.
  6. Milan, Palazzo Reale, Mostra di Amedeo Modigliani, November - December 1958, no. 5 (illustrated).
  7. Liege, Musée Saint-Georges, October - December 1980.
  8. Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, Modigliani L'ange au visgae grave, October 2002 - March 2003, no. 9 (illustrated p. 123). 

 


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PROVENANCE & SALES:



Jean Alexandre, Paris, by March 1910.
Dr Paul Alexandre, Paris, by whom inherited from the above in 1913.
Blaise Cendrars, Paris.

Christie's, London (2 Feb, 2004)

Sale 6882 - Lot 37
Estimate: $ 728,800 - $1,093,200
sold for: $ 907,447 usd

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION

lot notes:

'This was the only work painted during Modigliani's stay in Leghorn (July-September) that he was anxious to bring back to Paris. He is said to have kept it for several months on the wall of his Rue Falguière studio, before exhibiting it with several drawings and five other paintings at the Salon des Indépendants of 1910.
Cézanne had been the figurehead for an entire generation of painters, the last exhibition of his lifetime was at the 1906 Salon d'Automne, shortly after Modigliani's arrival in Paris and this picture, though painted at Leghorn, clearly shows his influence: the structure of the face and the strokes of intense colour that punctuate its composition, the blue and green in particular, are paricularly reminiscent of his style' (W. Schmalenbach, quoted in 'Les portraits', in exh. cat.Modigliani, L'ange au visage grave, Paris, 2002, p. 122). Modigliani, apparently even made a small watercolour of Cézanne's Garçon au gilet rouge, 1888-90 (Fig. 1, National Gallery of Art, Washington).

The first owners of this painting were the brothers Jean and Dr Paul Alexandre, both of whom Madigiliani painted in 1909 and who regularly commissioned works from him. Jean Alexandre, who acquired the work directly from the artist, loaned it to the Salon des Indépendants in 1910. By 1912 the painting was hanging in a room in Paul's house where it was photographed (Fig. 2). The next owner of the painting was Fréderic-Louis Sauser, better known by his nom de plumeBlaise Cendrars, the poet and novelist and a close friend of the artist, whose portrait he painted in 1917. 

private collection ?

 


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