diego rivera  by amedeo modigliani
Pfannstiel Lanthemann Ceroni J. Modigliani Parisot Patani Restellini Wayne
NO NO NO NO ? Nº 45 ? ?
Date 1914 ?
Title Unfinished Diego Rivera portrait (usually is named as a sketch, but as can be seen by simple comparison, it has nothing to do with the other 2)
Materials Oil on canvas (the other 2 are in cardboard)
Size 65 x 54 cm
Signature: Unsigned
Actual Location Private Collection, Paris
Provenance L. Zborowski 1921
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 1986
Private Collection, Paris

Bibliography -?-
Musée de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1981, p. 163 - nº 90
Patani, Catalogo Generale, Leonardo ed. Milano 1991-94 - nº 45
Soto Caba, Modigliani, The timeless face, Libsa, 2007

In process

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    Paris, Modigliani, Musée de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1981- nº 90

    In process

Other 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. actually in Düsseldorf)
2.- Galerie Pierre, Paris
3.- Van de Klip collection, Brussels


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

  The three paintings of Diego Rivera by Modigliani:of the painting framed at the museum:
the 3 paintings of diego rivera by modigliani

In the study of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, x-ray showed a perfect match and concordance with other original works by Modigliani,
the unfinished aspect is probably what makes it look so strange in compare with the other 2.

The fact that is painted in a raw canvas with a minimum preparation also adds more difference.
Xray and Pigments are absolutely normal in comparison to other undoubted works.

Provenance is in Zborowski ( but don't know what is the proof??)

Sketch for the other two 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.