Portrait of a Polish Woman
Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884 - 1920
Oil on canvasDimensions:
39 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches (100.3 x 64.8 cm)Curatorial Department:
Modern ArtObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
Notorious for his fiery temper, his passionate love affairs, and his severe poverty, Amedeo Modigliani was the consummate Bohemian artist in modern Paris. This portrait depicts an acquaintance from the circle of his Polish-born dealer Leopold Zborowski. The woman’s long, graceful curves and simplified features are typical of Modigliani’s approach to the human figure.
With Léopold Zborowski, Paris; purchased by Émile Sabouraud (1900-1996) in 1923 for his father Dr. Raymond-Jacques Sabouraud, Paris; Dr. Raymond-Jacques Sabouraud (1864-1938), Paris, until d. 1938; sold by his heirs to Jacques Dubourg (dealer), Paris, 1938 . With Sam Salz, New York, by 1947; sold to Louis E. Stern, New York, April 3, 1947 ; bequest to PMA, 1963.
1. The preceding provenance information from notes made in October 1954 by Émile Sabouraud for Louis Stern on the back of a photo of the painting (copy in curatorial file). Raymond-Jacques Sabouraud, renowned dermatologist of the Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, was an amateur sculptor and painter. He was a friend of Odilon Redon, who painted his portrait, and also a major art collector who owned at least nine Modiglianis (see Bénézit, Dictionnaire, 1999, "Sabouraud", and letter from Marie-Christine Decroocq, Wildenstein Institute, 9 January 2003, in curatorial file). Oddly, Émile Sabouraud's notes for Stern give his father's death date incorrectly as 1937.
2. Copy of dated receipt from Salz to Stern in curatorial file.