Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne
- Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920)
- Oil on canvas
- 39-3/4 x 25-7/8 in. (101 x 65.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Art Foundation
With elongated proportions and mask-like faces, Modigliani’s mature portraits share an unsettling family likeness. The pictures he painted of one sitter, however, are distinguished by particular grace and reverence. Modigliani met Jeanne Hébuterne, an aspiring artist, in the summer of 1917; she fell passionately in love and, in November of the following year, bore him the daughter she may already have been carrying when she sat for this picture, assuming the pose of an Italian Renaissance Virgin Annunciate. Born in Italy, Modigliani had moved to Paris in 1906, immersing himself in the bohemian artistic communities of Montmartre and Montparnasse. He frequented Picasso’s studio, dabbled in Cubism, and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol. By the time he met Hébuterne, he was already gravely ill but had evolved the distinctive style—influenced by Botticelli and the early Italian masters—deployed in this picture.
?[Léopold Zborowski (1889-1932), Paris].
[Galerie Bing, Paris, by 1925].
[Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), Paris, before 1929].
[De Hauke & Co., New York, by 1929].
[Lucien Demotte, New York, by 1931, sold to];
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Reis, New York, by 1935-1965, sold to;
[Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Inc., New York, sold 10 December 1965 to];
Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon, Los Angeles, as part of a divorce settlement, 1970, to;
Lucille Simon, Los Angeles, sold 14 August 1975 to;
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 6478, sold 14 August 1975 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.
Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.
Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.
Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.
Please fill out our Online Reproduction Request Form.
|Telephone:||(626) 449-6840 x 3300|