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Amedeo Modigliani

1884 - 1920



Acrobat in Profile  c.1910-11



Violet crayon 40 x 26.6 cms; stamped with the Paul Alexandre collection mark.


Provenance:  Dr Paul Alexandre, Paris, to whom it was given by Modigliani.

                         By descent to the present owner.


Reproduced: Full page, The Unknown Modigliani, by Noël Alexandre,

                        Page 165 [no. 69], Fonds Mercator, 1993.




The above book, written by Paul Alexandre’s youngest son Noël, is dedicated:

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




This moustached figure rushing forward with such grace, humour and charm seems to be launching himself into an acrobatic feat. He is drawn with the same distinctive violet crayon, on the same size sheet, as the ‘Female Trapeze Artist’ reproduced in ‘The Unknown Modigliani’ page 164 [no.66]. There is no other similar male figure reproduced in this monograph or, to my knowledge, elsewhere.




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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