Elena Povolozky by  amedeo modigliani
Pfannstiel Lanthemann Ceroni J. Modigliani Parisot Patani Restellini Wayne
Nº 225 Nº 196 Nº 167 YES 6/1917 Nº 172 YES YES
Date 1917
Title Elena - Bust of Elena Povolozky 
Materials Oil on canvas ? (cardboard?)
Size 45.8 x 33.1 cm
Signature: Signed"modigliani / 1917" bottom right in white and the text "ELENA" in black on top right (reverse not seen)
Actual Location Private Collection / Helly Nahmad?
Provenance -?-

Eugene Desclaves, Paris
Sale: Hotel Drouot, Paris, 26 / April / 1926 - Lot 69
Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Sale: Drouot, Paris, 26 / Fenruary /1932 - Lot 90
Anon. sale; Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 6 February 1947, lot 66 (illustrated)

Edward A. Bragaline Collection ( Acquired at the above sale)

Sale: Christie's - New York, Sale 9162 - 20th Century Art (Evening Sale) - 13 May 1999 - Lot 477
Estimate: 900.000 - 1.200.000 USD - Sold: 882.500 USD

Lot Condition Report
Glue lined. Varnished. Horizontal line along the bottom where canvas may have been creased.
Examined under ultraviolet light. Retouching to the lower left quandrant of the figure's face.
Small cluster of tiny retouches to the background in the lower right corner, well above the signature.
The whites appear too bright in the catalogue illustration; the illustration is washed-out overall.

Lot Notes
A photo-certificate from Marc Restellini of the Wildenstein Institute dated Paris, 8 February 1999 accompanies this painting

Private Collection / Helly Nahmad?

In process

Bibliography -?-

Pfannstiel, "catalogue presume" Modigliani. L'Art et la Vie. Preface de Louis Latourrettes, Seheur, Paris, 1929, p. 37 - nº 2
Pfannstiel, Modigliani et son oeuvre, etude critique et catalogue raisonne, bibliotheque des arts, Paris, 1956 - nº 225
Ceroni, Amedeo Modigliani : dessins et sculptures ; avec suite du catalogue illustre des peintures, Edizioni del Milione, Milano, 1965 - nº 187
M. Knoedler & Co., 20th century masters from the Bragaline Collection, 1963 - nº 21
Lanthemann, Modigliani, catalogue raisonné: sa vie, son oeuvre, son art, G. Condal, Barcelona, 1970 - nº 196
Ceroni & Piccioni, Il dipinti di Modigliani, Rizzoli, Milano, 1970 - nº 167
Parisot, Catalogue Raisonee Modigliani, Graphis Arte, 1991- nº 6/1917
Patani, Catalogo Generale, Leonardo, Milano, 1991-94 - nº 172
Fraquelli, Modigliani and His Models. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2006, p. 98 - nº 19
Soto Caba, Modigliani, The timeless face, Libsa, Madrid, 2007

In process

Exhibitions -?-

Paris, Modigliani Peintures, Galerie de France, 1945-46 - nº 13
New York,  Twentieth Century Masters from the Bragaline Collection, For the Benefit of The Museum of Early American Folk Arts, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.,1963 - nº 21
New York, Amedeo Modigliani; loan exhibition, Acquavella Galleries, Inc. 1971 - nº 17
London, Modigliani and his models, Royal Academy of Arts, 2006 - nº 19
Villeneuve d'Ascq, L'oeil intérieur, LaM. Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, 2016
Budapest, Modigliani, Hungarian National Gallery, 2016
Helsinki, Modigliani, Ateneum Art Museum, 2016-2017

In process

Other Not in D' Atri papers

Image of the painting in Budapest, Modigliani, Hungarian National Gallery, 2016:

Budapest, Modigliani, Hungarian National Gallery, 2016


Actual images of the painting reflect a very strong cleaning:


There is another portrait of the same sitter at the Phillips Collection is Washington D.C.

Elena Povolozky amedeo modigliani

Detail of the ears where the drawing is clearly visible and is painted over the color (on top of the color)


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