diego rivera  by amedeo modigliani
Pfannstiel Lanthemann Ceroni J. Modigliani Parisot Patani Restellini Wayne
Nº 29 Nº 49 Nº 42 YES 4/1914 Nº 47 YES YES
Date 1914 ?
Title Diego Rivera portrait
Materials Oil on cardboard (Ceroni oil on canvas)
Size 104 x 75.2 cm - (probably the piece was bigger since the text RIV is missing the ERA and the rest of the letter of the name of the sitter)
Signature: Signed "modigliani" top left and the text "SAVOIR" in top left and the letters "RIVER / die" in top right
Actual Location Art Gallery of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (Nº 0231)
Provenance -?-

Jonas Netter, Paris, at least 1929 to1934
Mme Wiberg, Stockholm
Ildefonso Aguilar Vazquez, Mexico
Private Collection, France
Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1978 - 1985
Art Gallery of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, since 1985

Art Gallery of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (1985)

( Pfannstiel files this work have the next provenance: Netter > Gallery Pierre > van der Klip)

Bibliography -?-

L. Lehel, Notre kind Dement, Paris, 1926, nº 44
Pfannstiel, "catalogue presume" Modigliani. L'Art et la Vie. Preface de Louis Latourrettes, Seheur, Paris, 1929, p. 6
German art and decoration, Darmstadt, Jan. 1931, p. 228
Scheiwiller, Arte Moderna Italiana nº 8 Amedeo Modigliani, U. Hoepli Ed. Milan, 1950, pl. 3
Jedlicka, Modigliani, E. Rentsch, Zürich, 1953, pl. 8
Pfannstiel, Modigliani et son oeuvre, etude critique et catalogue raisonne, bibliotheque des arts, Paris, 1956 - nº 29
Ceroni, Amedeo Modigliani: Peintre; Suivi des Souvenirs de Lunia Czechowska, Edizioni del Milione, 1958 - nº 31
Jeanne Modigliani, Modigliani senza leggenda, Florence, 1958, fig. 30
Modigliani J. , Modigliani sans légende, Gruend, Paris, 1961, fig. 30
Lanthemann, Modigliani, catalogue raisonné: sa vie, son oeuvre, son art, G. Condal, Barcelona, 1970 - nº 49
Ceroni & Piccioni, Il dipinti di Modigliani, Rizzoli, Milano, 1970 - nº 42
Dalevèze, Modigliani, Lausanne 1971, pl. 13
Mann, Modigliani, London 1980, p.99
Hall, Modigliani, Oxford, 1984, pl.16
Schmalenbach, images of the 20th Century. The Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Munich 1986, p. 28-30, nº 9
Thérèse Castieau-Barrielle, La vie et l'oeuvre de Amedeo Modigliani, Paris 1987, p. 112, 132-134
Supplément, Supplement to: Gazette des Beaux-Arts, nº 1418, March 1987, p 14
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Schmalenbach, Amedeo Modigliani, Prestel, Munich, 1990, p. 67 - nº 19
Parisot, Catalogue Raisonee Modigliani, Graphis Arte, 1991 - nº 4/1914
Patani, Catalogo Generale, Leonardo, Milano, 1991-94 - nº 47
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Kruszynski, Amedeo Modigliani, Dortmund 1992, p. 19
Butler, Modigliani, London 1994, p 56, col. p. 57
Kruszynski, Amedeo Modigliani. Nudes and portraits, Munich 1996, p. 29-32, col. p. 28
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Ireson, Fraquelli, Modigliani, London, Tate Modern, Skira Rizzoli, London, 2017, p. 104

In process

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    Venezia, Mostra retrospettiva di Modigliani – Curated by Lionello Venturi - Biennale di Venezia , Sala XII degli Appels d'Italie, 1930 - nº 15
    Brussels, Modigliani, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels - nº 17
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    Paris, Amedeo Modigliani, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1981 - nº 16
    Basel, Et Portrait Figures, Galerie Beyeler, 1982, col. p. 21 - nº 72
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    Zurich, Amedeo Modigliani, Kunsthaus , 1991 - nº 13
    Riehen, Face to Face to Cyberspace, Fondation Beyeler, 1999, nº 60
    Düsseldorf, Our 20th Century - Masterpieces from Picasso to Beuys' art collection North Rhine-Westphalia, 2000
    Century City. Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, ed. Iwona Blazwick
    London, Tate Modern,2001, p 287
    Lille , Mexique Europe. Allers - Retours. 1910 - 1960, Musée d'art moderne Lille Métropole, 2004, col. p. 32 - nº 24
    Madrid, Modigliani y su tiempo, Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza, 2008
    Bonn, Amedeo Modigliani: Ein Mythos der Moderne, Bundesrepublik, 2009 - nº 30
    North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection Catalogue p. 2 .2012
    London, Modigliani, Tate Modern, 2017-2018

    In process

Nº 17 in D' Atri papers dated 1914-15 - titled Diego Rivera, peintre mexicain, size 103 x 75 - Provenance in Netter 1933


There is a file at the MASP archive by the hand of Diego Rivera in the same page in machine the secretary of Rivera informs that there are 3 other protraits of Diego by Modigliani

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


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

  Image of the painting framed at the museum:

diego rivera framed at masp

The painting has the next text: on the top left "SAVOIR" next to the signature and in the top right The letters "IVERA" with the R on the back of the head of the sitter and a lost A
and the di ( the first letters of Diego?)

Image with the black text enhanced:
diego rivera text enhaced

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


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


The Sketch, the opinion of Rivera in the letter at MASP dating the other 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.
  This page is a work on progress, nothing in this page should be considered as final or definitive.