diego rivera sketch by amedeo modigliani
Pfannstiel Lanthemann Ceroni J. Modigliani Parisot Patani Restellini Wayne
Nº 28 Nº 49 Nº 41 YES 3/1914 Nº 46 YES ?
Date 1914 (Diego Rivera dated in 1916)
Title Sketch for Diego Rivera portrait
Materials Oil on cardboard (Ceroni oil on canvas)
Size 100.2 x 81.3 cm - MASP museum (Ceroni, Patani, Restellini 100 x 79)
Signature: Unsigned
Actual Location MASP, Sao Paolo, Brazil ( Nº MASP.00147)
Provenance -?-

Coll. Francis Carco, Paris
Sale: Drouot, Collection Francis Carco : tableaux, aquarelles, dessins et estampes modernes - 2/03/1925, p. 29
Netter Collection, Paris ?
Galerie Percier, Paris (1934)?
Galerie de France, Paris (1944-45)
Mario Dedini Coll.
MASP- Donation, Mario Dedini (1952)

Bibliography -?-

Palais des beaux-arts, Bruxelles, Modigliani: Retrospective Exhibition. 1933, nº 18 (Dated 1916)
Galerie de France, Paris, Modigliani Peintures, 1944-45, nº 1 (size 100 x 81 cm)
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, 1953, p. 69
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles 1954, p. 91
Central Museum, Utrecht 1954, p. 91
Kunstmuseum, Bern 1954, pl. 61
Milan, Palazzo Reale, 1954, pl. 102
Descargues, Paris, 1951, pl. 32
Descargues, Paris, 1954, pl. 32
Pfannstiel, Modigliani et son oeuvre, etude critique et catalogue raisonne, bibliotheque des arts, Paris, 1956 - nº 28 (dated at the end of 1914)
Roy , Modigliani, Skira, Lausanne, 1958, p. 36
Ceroni, Amedeo Modigliani: Peintre; Suivi des Souvenirs de Lunia Czechowska, Edizioni del Milione, 1958 - nº 32
Jeanne Modigliani, Modigliani: Man and Myth, Orion Press, New York, 1958, pl. 30 ( dates in 1914-1915)
Werner, Amedeo Modigliani, Garzanti, Milano 1967, p. 76
Werner, Amedeo Modigliani, 1968, p. 84
Diehl, Modigliani, Ed. Flamarion. 1969, p. 30
Lanthemann, Modigliani, catalogue raisonné: sa vie, son oeuvre, son art, Barcelona, 1970 - nº 49
Ceroni & Piccioni, Il dipinti di Modigliani, Rizzoli, Milano, 1970 - nº 41 (dated in 1914)
Mann, Modigliani, London, 1980, p. 98
Zurcher, Editeur Hazan Paris, 1980, nº 3
Carluccio, Leymarie, Negri, Russoli, Brunhammer, École de Paris, Rive Gauche, Paris, 1981, p. 207
Roy Modigliani, Paris, 1985, p. 38
Castieau-Barrielle, Modigliani, ACR Editions Paris 1987, p 112
Parisot, Graphis Arte, 1988. p. 71
Buisson, la Scuola di parigi e Modigliani, Graphis Arte, 1989, p. 101
  • Modigliani, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 1989, nº 6
    Diehl, Modigliani, Crown Publishers, New York, 1989, p. 30
    Catalogue exposition Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, 1990, p. 106, nº 34
    Schmalenbach, Amedeo Modigliani, Prestel, Munich, 1990, p. 66 - nº 18
    Parisot, Catalogue Raisonee Modigliani, Graphis Arte, 1991 Nº 3/1914
    Patani, Catalogo Generale, Leonardo, Milano, 1991-94 - nº 46
    Parisot, Modigliani, Pierre Terrail, Paris, 1992, p. 51
    Krystof, Amedeo Modigliani: The Poetry of Seeing, Taschen Cologne, 2000, p. 42
    Decrooq-Restellini, L'Ange au visage grave, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2002, p.176-177, nº 18
    Soto Caba, Modigliani, The timeless face, Libsa, 2007

    In process

  • -?-

    Bruxelles, Modigliani: Retrospective Exhibition. Palais des beaux-arts, 1933 - nº 18 (Dated 1916)
    Basel, Kunsthalle, 1934, nº 10
    Paris, Modigliani Peintures, Galerie de France, 1945-46 - nº 1
    Paris, Musée del’Orangerie, 1953
    Chefs-d'oeuvre duMusée d’Art de Sao Paolo, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles 1954
    Utrecht, Central Museum 1954
  • Berne, Kunstmuseum 1954
    Londres, The Tate Gallery 1954
    Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle 1954
    Milano, Palazzo Reale, Modigliani, 1954
    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1957
    Liege, Musée Saint-Georges,1980 p. 43, n° 44
    Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art,  Modigliani, 1989 - nº 6
    Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Modigliani, 1990 - nº 34
    Düsseldorf , Amedeo Modigliani, Art Gallery of Nordrhein-Westfalen 1991 - nº 12
    Zurich, Amedeo Modigliani, Kunsthaus , 1991 - nº 12
    Paris, Modigliani: l'ange au visage grave, Musée du Luxembourg, 2002 - nº 18
    Milano, Modigliani: l'ange au visage grave, Palazzo Reale, 2003 - nº 15

    In process

Other Nº 18 in D' Atri papers dated 1914-16 - titled Diego Rivera, peintre mexicain, size 100 x 80 - Provenance in Galerie Percier 1933


Restellini in his text at L'Ange au visage grave, Paris, 2002, p.176:

" In 1914, Modigliani used to stay at Rivera's home, in the 16 Rue du Saint-Gothard. he executed this portrait there..."


MASP files have a letter by Diego Rivera itself saying the next lines:

Mexico, 2nd September 1953
Mr. P. M. Bardi
Art Museum
Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The photo you sent me is the original oil painting by Modigliani, my portrait for which I posed in my studio where he worked frequently
at 26 rue du depart, in Montparnasse next to the railway station.
It was painted in the year of 1916.

Diego Rivera


in the same file the secretary of Rivera informs that there are 3 other portraits of Diego by Modigliani

1.- J. Nethen Coll, Paris (spelling mistake is Netter Coll.)
2.- Galerie Pierre, Paris (probably Percier?)
3.- Van de Klip collection, Brussels

WHO Shall we believe the Sitter or the Art Historian???

( Parisot in his CR makes a mix with the provenance of both paintings)

Photos of Diego Rivera from 1916 and 1919:
diego rivera en 1916-1919

  Image of the painting framed at MASP:

diego rivera framed at masp


Sketch for this painting actually at Chicago Art Institute:

sketch for diego rivera portrait
Diego Rivera, 1915
Pen and brown and black ink, over graphite on tan wove paper, laid down on buff wove card - 266 x 207 mm
Signed recto, along bottom, in pen and brown ink: "Modigliani"; inscribed along top left, in pen and brown ink: "Diego Rivera"
Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley M. Dixon, Jr., 1967.35.


Drawing by Marevna dated in 1916 of Diego, Modigliani and Ehrenburg at the studio of Diego Rivera in 26 rue du depart, in Montparnasse
Coll. Moody
marevna-quand fini la guerre

The Sketch, the opinion of Rivera in the letter at MASP dating his portrait in 1916 and the drawing by Marevna all dated in 1915-16 should make reconsider the dating of the portraits by Diego and moving them to 1915- 1916 changing all the actual configuration we have in Modigliani's oeuvre.

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