Sotheby’s sells Modigliani Painting for almost $69 Million

Photograph of Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)
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Amedeo Modigliani‘s 1917 painting of “Nude Sitting on a Sofa” (The Beautiful Romanian) sold for $68,962,500 at Sotheby’s auction the first week of November in New York. This picture of a World War I era scantily-clad brunette set a high for the artist who lived between 1884-1920. Five buyers competed for the painting and bid up the price. The painting sold for $16.7 million in 1999, quite a nice return considering the economy.

Modigliani's The Beautiful Romanian

Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nude Sitting on a Sofa”

Modigliani at San Diego Museum of Art

“Blue-eyed Boy” by Modigliani

Amedeo  Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani (Photo credit: KUUNSTKUULTUR)

Portrait of Leopold Zborowski by Amedeo Modigliani

Portrait of Leopold Zborowski by Amedeo Modigliani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently saw his 1916 painting “The Blue-eyed Boy” at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The elongated faces in his paintings are very distinctive. He was born in Livorno, Italy and moved to Paris in 1907 after studying art in Florence and Venice. He was influenced by the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Paul Cesanne.

I find the portrait of Leopold Zborowski very interesting. Zborowski was Amedeo Modigliani‘s primary art dealer. This painting sold for  $1,464,000 at Sotheby’s in 2003.

"Jeanne Hebuterne in red shawl", pai...

“Jeanne Hebuterne in red shawl”, painting by Amedeo Modigliani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Portrait de femme, painting by Amedeo Modiglia...

Portrait de femme, painting by Amedeo Modigliani, c. 1917-18 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signature of Amedeo Modigliani

Signature of Amedeo Modigliani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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