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Woman's Head

Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, Livorno 1884–1920 Paris)

Date:
1912
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 27, W. 9-1/4, D. 9-3/4 inches (68.6 x 23.5 x 24.8 cm.) 75 lb. (34 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.149.10
  • Description

    Beginning in 1914 Modigliani worked chiefly in stone. These simplified sculptures, mainly heads, recall the stylized features of African, Oceanic, and Cycladic art.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: incised on rear side of neck: MODIGLIANI

  • Provenance

    Frank Burty Haviland, Paris, 1918; Galerie Zborowski, Paris 1928; Private Collection, Nice, ?; Perls Galleries, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York

  • Exhibition History

    Paris: Grand Palais, ¦Salon d'Automne¦, October 1–November 8, 1912 (¦Têtes, ensemble décoratif¦, nos. 1211–1217).

    Paris: La Salle Huyghens, ¦Kisling, Matisse, Modigliani, Ortiz de Zarate, Picasso¦, November 19–December 5, 1916 (organized by Paul Guillaume).

    Paris: Galerie Devambez, January 20–February 7, 1920.

    Paris: Galerie Levesque, ¦Retrospective Modigliani¦, 1921 (organized by Leopold Zborowski).

    Paris: Galerie des Champs-Elysées, 1924.

    Paris: Galerie Zborowski, 1928.

    Martigny Switzerland: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, ¦Modigliani¦, 1990. Cat. no. 18, p. 212; ill. in color, pp. 92-3, and in black and white, pp. 93, 212.

    Florence: Museo degli Argenti, March 14 - July 12, 2009. Memorie dell'Antico nell'arte del Novecento, cat. no. 5, pg. 105.

  • References

    Schuster, Bernard and Arthur S. Pfannstiel. Modigliani: A Study of his Sculpture. Jacksonville, Florida: Editions Namega, 1986. Cat. no. XXV, discussed in text pp. 44-45, 57, 88, ill. p. 49, 80, 88 (work dated 1912).

    Cabanne, Pierre. "Modigliani, sculpteur," L'Oeil, vol. 419, June 1990, pp. 54-59, ill. nos. 3-5, p. 55.

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