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Amedeo Modigliani

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Portrait of the Painter Frank Haviland
(Ritratto del pittore Frank Haviland), 1914
Oil on cardboard, 73 x 60 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection
Long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice


This vivid portrait, painted in Paris in the second half of 1914, marks Amedeo Modigliani’s return to painting after a period of five years dedicated to sculpture. The sitter, Frank Burty Haviland, was a wealthy English amateur: a poet, a collector of African art, and a painter of small talent, who occupied a large studio near to Picasso’s and was known disparagingly to his friends as “Le Riche.” The red cravat and brown (velvet?) jacket, the aquiline noise, small mouth, and central parting of the hair, with curls, generate the aura of a Wildean aesthete. Standing before a window and with lowered eyes, he contemplates his pipe. Modigliani has surely elongated the curiously bell-shaped head.

credits: Hangar Design Group