Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Flower Vendor

Artist:
Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, Livorno 1884–1920 Paris)
Date:
1919
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
46 × 29 in. (116.8 × 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995
Accession Number:
1996.403.9
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (upper right): modigliani
[Louis Libaude, Paris]; [Galerie Bing, Paris, by 1925–at least 1927]; [Constant Lepoutre, Paris]; Lecomte-Durey, Paris (in 1929); Mme Lederlin (until 1933; her sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, March 22–23, 1933, no. 136, as "La Marchande de fleurs," sold for Fr 23,090); [Jos Hessel, Paris, in 1934]; private collection, Zurich; Mme Marquiset, Paris (until 1950; sold on June 12, 1950, for Fr 3,500,000, to Rosenberg); [Paul Rosenberg, New York, 1950; stock no. 5391; sold on November 3, 1950, for $18,000, to Marx]; Samuel and Florene Marx, Chicago (1950–his d. 1964); Florene May Marx, later Mrs. Wolfgang Schoenborn, New York (1964–d. 1995; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Bing & Cie. "Modigliani," October 24–November 15, 1925, no. 6 (as "La marchande de fleurs").

Dresden. location unknown. "Internationale Kunst Ausstellung," June–September 1926, no. 196 (as "Blumenverkäuferin").

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. "Modigliani," November 1933, no. 44 (as "La marchande de fleurs," 1917).

Kunsthalle Basel. "Modigliani," January 7–February 4, 1934, no. 36 (as "La marchande de fleurs," 1917, lent by M. J. Hessel, Paris).

New York. Rosenberg Galleries. "Exhibition of 20th Century French Paintings," November 13–December 2, 1950, no. 8 (as "Flower Vendor," 1917).

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Modigliani: Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture," January 30–March 18, 1951, unnumbered cat. (p. 51; as "The Flower Vendor," 1917, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx, Chicago).

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Modigliani: Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture," April 11–June 10, 1951, unnumbered cat.

Arts Club of Chicago. "Amedeo Modigliani," January 30–February 28, 1959, unnumbered cat. (as "The Flower Vendor," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx, Chicago).

New York. Museum of Modern Art. "The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection," November 2, 1965–January 2, 1966, unnumbered cat. (p. 43; as "Flower Vendor").

Art Institute of Chicago. "The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection," February 11–March 27, 1966, unnumbered cat.

City Art Museum of Saint Louis. "The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection," April 26–June 13, 1966, unnumbered cat.

Mexico City. Museo de Arte Moderno. "The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection," July 2–August 7, 1966, unnumbered cat.

San Francisco Museum of Art. "The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection," September 2–October 2, 1966, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Florene M. Schoenborn Bequest: 12 Artists of the School of Paris," February 11–May 4, 1997, extended to August 31, 1997, brochure no. 12.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895–1950," March 8–December 31, 2000, extended to January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 87).

Munich. Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung. "Der kühle Blick: Realismus der zwanziger Jahre," June 1–September 2, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 245; as "Sitzendes Mädchen [Die Blumenverkäuferin]").

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 132.

Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 260).

Nagoya City Art Museum. "Modigliani: A Retrospective," April 5–June 1, 2008, no. 35.

Bonn. Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. "Amedeo Modigliani: ein Mythos der Moderne," April 17–August 30, 2009, no. 116 (as "Das Blumenmädchen").

Waldemar George. "Modigliani." L'Amour de l'art 6 (October 1925), ill. p. 383, as "La Marchande de fleurs" in the collection of Bing et Cie.

André Salmon. Modigliani: Sa vie et son œuvre. Paris, 1926, pl. 12, as "La Fleuriste," 1917, in the Bing collection.

Giovanni Scheiwiller. Amedeo Modigliani. Milan, 1927, pl. [2] [French ed., 1928, pl. 1], as "La Fioraia," 1917, in the Galerie Bing, Paris.

Arthur Pfannstiel. Modigliani. Paris, 1929, p. 106; catalogue présumé, p. 18, ill. opp. p. 91 [also listed on p. 36?], calls it "La Marchande de fleurs" in the caption and catalogue présumé and "Vendeuse de fleurs" in the essay; dates it 1917; [also listed on p. 36 as "Portrait de la marchande de fleurs" without dimensions, formerly collections Lepoutre, Paris and Bing, Paris, without references; probably this picture?].

"Les Ventes." Le Bulletin de l'art ancien et moderne no. 797 (May 1933), pp. 239–40, ill., as sold for Fr 23,090 in the Lederlin sale.

Seigo Taguchi. Modigliani. Tokyo, 1936, pl. 13.

Nietta Aprà. Tormento di Modigliani. Milan, [1945], ill. opp. p. 81, as "La venditrice di fiori," 1917.

[Gualtieri Di] San Lazzaro. Modigliani. Paris, 1953, fig. 41 (detail).

Arthur Pfannstiel. Modigliani et son œuvre. Paris, 1956, pp. 92, 95, no. 122 [also listed on p. 126, no. 221?], erroneously lists it as still in the collection of Lecomte-Durey.

John Maxon. "Samuel Marx, Chicago: Twentieth-century European Painting." Great Private Collections. Ed. Douglas Cooper. New York, 1963, pp. 283, 286, ill. pp. 285, 291 (installation photo), as "Seated Woman," 1915–16.

Lucy R. Lippard in The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1965, pp. 43–44, ill. (color), dates it 1917.

Ambrogio Ceroni. Amedeo Modigliani: Dessins et sculptures, avec suite du catalogue illustré des peintures. Milan, 1965, p. 50, no. 218, ill., calls it "Jeune femme assise (La marchande de fleurs)" and dates it 1919.

James Thrall Soby in The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1965, p. 9.

Ambrogio Ceroni. I dipinti di Modigliani. Milan, 1970, p. 105, no. 331, ill. and ill. p. 86 (installation photo of Exh. Paris 1925) [French ed., 1972].

J[oseph]. Lanthemann. Modigliani, 1884–1920, catalogue raisonné: Sa vie, son œuvre complet, son art. Barcelona, 1970, p. 136, no. 417, ill. p. 270, calls it "Jeune femme assise, dite 'la marchande de fleurs'" and dates it 1919.

Claude Roy. Modigliani. 2nd rev. ed [1st ed., 1958]. New York, 1985, p. 158, ill. p. 139 (color), calls it "Seated Woman (The Flower Vendor)" and dates it 1919 [dates it 1917 in 1958 ed.].

Osvaldo Patani. Amedeo Modigliani: Catalogo generale. Vol. 1, Dipinti. Milan, 1991, p. 333, no. 343, ill. (color), calls it "Giovane seduta (La fioraia)" and dates it 1919.

Christian Parisot. Modigliani: Catalogue raisonné. Ed. Giorgio and Guido Guastalla. Vol. 2, Peintures, dessins, aquarelles. Livorno, 1991, p. 341, no. 12/1919, ill. p. 241 (color), as "La Marchande de fleurs".

William S. Lieberman. "Donnés au Met." Connaissance des arts no. 539 (May 1997), pp. 68–69, ill. (color).

Gerd Roos in Der kühle Blick: Realismus der zwanziger Jahre. Ed. Wieland Schmied. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung. Munich, 2001, pp. 244–45, ill. (color).

Sabine Rewald in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 177, 236, no. 132, ill. (color and bw), remarks that nothing in this portrait indicates that the sitter is a flower vendor.

Sabine Rewald in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 209, 278, no. 193, ill. (color and bw).

Douglas Brenner. "The Talk: Marxism from Designing to Collecting, Samuel Marx Did It with Flair." New York Times Magazine (October 7, 2007), ill. p. 90 (color, installation photo).

Robert Brown. "The Great Beauty: Modigliani, 'Nu Couché' and the Grand Tradition of the Female Nude." Amedeo Modigliani: "Nu Couché". Ed. Robert Brown. New York, 2015, ill. pp. 12–13, 157–58 (installation photos, Exh. Paris 1925).



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