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Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918 | Amedeo Modigliani – Chasing Light
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Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918 | Amedeo Modigliani

My favorite Modigliani is in one of the great gems of Los Angeles, the permanent collection in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Many times I would pay the eight dollar admission, ignore the rest of the museum and just sit in front of this portrait with its tragic caption:

This work depicts Jeanne Hebuterne, wife of the artist, whom he met in 1917. Modigliani died of tubercular meningitis in 1920. Despondent over his death, Jeanne committed suicide the following morning. She was nine months pregnant with their second child.

Now that I am in New York, there are many more Modigliani’s, especially at the Met. But none come close to the one in Pasadena, the one with the slate grey eyes.

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Amedeo Modigliani

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Amedeo Modigliani

2 Comments

  • Have you run into the Modgliani Nude with Green Eyes (could be turquoise or green)?
    Some friend had purchased this painting many years ago and lived in London’s Mayfair district. They were Australian and are now deceased and I do not see it in their art collection.
    Thanks for any info.

  • Hi Vereonica,

    Sorry for the late reply. I do not think I have seen that one though it sounds like the title of one they have hanging here at the Met in NYC.

    Please keep me updated on this as I am curious. And my condolences on your friends’ passing.

    Doug

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