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Modigliani and His Friends
Eighth room

Drawing was an ongoing source of visual experimentation for Modigliani as well as the principal means by which he eked out an existence. Living in Montparnasse from 1909, the artist would visit the local cafés every morning in order to draw portraits of the public seated on the terraces. By around mid-day he had generally earned enough to survive until the next day. As the British art writer Clive Bell noted in his life of Modigliani, the artist was above all a remarkable draughtsman. The works on display here corroborate this.
Portrait of Picasso

Amedeo Modigliani
Portrait of Picasso, 1914-1915
Graphite on vellum. 226 x 168 mm
Musée Picasso, Antibes
Musée Picasso, Antibes, © imageArt, photo: Claude Germain
Portrait of Lunia Czechowska

Amedeo Modigliani
Portrait of Lunia Czechowska, 1919
Sepia ink on paper. 420 x 240 mm
Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse
Portrait of Michel Kikoïne

Amedeo Modigliani
Portrait of Michel Kikoïne, 1917
Pencil on paper. 368 x 255 mm
Private collection