Cardboard use in Modigliani can be seen all over his production.
Some experts with a very simple perspective say that cardboard use in Modigliani ends in 1916 as much.
It has been widely repeated, then accepted as a fact , well that's not truth.
Yes during the first years in Paris, there is a lot of cardboard and later the production shrinks but that was just because he had canvas at hand,
but his lower works (sketches, small compositions or personal) were made with cardboard as support.
Just a simple look to Ceroni's catalogue (with mistakes corrected) shows that cardboard use was much more extended than they think.
The main problem that we find when trying to study the supports used by Modigliani, is the fear of annoying the "famous" experts or the terror of the museums
so that their pieces can be seen as "problematic" or out of "normal".
Accessing the back of the piece is an almost impossible task.
But the back of a painting can tell many things, old labels, stamps or inscriptions. Or even the real support...
To give an example:
This painting named Alice
is dated by each expert in the next years:
The museum who owns it:
I do not pretend to be a smart-ass but when you see the back of the painting it says the next: Modigliani. 3 Joseph Bara. Paris
As a little annoying smart-ass I will do an unnecessary translation:
Modigliani = HIM
3 Joseph Bara = HIS ADDRESS AT ZBOROWSKY
Paris = THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS LIVING THEN
Juin = JUNE THE MONTH HE DID IT
1917 =1917 THE YEAR HE DID IT
So why do we change the dating to 1915 or 20 or 18 ???
The answer is very simple because experts say that Modigliani ceased to write text in paintings in 1917 and the style of this painting seems
like a previous style or as later style, it all goes with the opinion of the expert...
Not with the evolution of the artist, just with the opinion of the expert.
IN CARDBOARD IS ALSO THE SAME, THERE IS CARDBOARD USED IN ALL THE PRODUCTION BY MODIGLIANI:
In a future under technical (science area) there will be a more in deep technical explanation of the supports in cardboard used by Modigliani but just
to give you a general idea, he liked very much a very rigid textured cardboard that experts usually mess with canvas, and if you don't see or touch the real thing
unframed, then it is quite hard (using just a photo, it's impossible).
So one myth less, a commonly accepted knowledge is clearly untrue