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Amedeo Modigliani

1884 - 1920



Seated Figure, Frontal View [recto]; Figure Studies [verso] c.1908



Black crayon; 43 x 27.8 cms; stamped with the Paul Alexandre collection mark.


Provenance:  Dr Paul Alexandre, Paris, who acquired it directly from Modigliani.

                         By descent to the present owner.


Reproduced: The Unknown Modigliani, by Noël Alexandre [the youngest son of Paul Alexandre]

                        Seated Figure Page 324 [No. 292]. Figure Studies [verso] Page 408 [No.296], Fonds Mercator, 1993.




The above major monograph on Modigliani’s pre-1914 drawings is dedicated by Noël Alexandre:

To my friend Richard Nathanson whose enthusiasm and artistic sensibility have encouraged me
to publish this account.




Each side of this intriguing sheet shows Modigliani searching for his expression of the human form. The origins of both the monumental ‘Seated Figure’ and the two curious figures – one smiling – which ‘peep through’ from the back remain a mystery. 




Exhibited:       Modigliani Drawings from The Collection of Paul  Alexandre at;


                         Venice,     Palazzo Grassi, 1993 - 1994.

                         Montréal,  Museum of Fine Art, 1996.                       

                         Rouen,      Musée des Beaux Arts, 1996.




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