The French art dealer Paul Guillaume rented a studio for Modigliani in Montmatre, Paris during 1915. Over the next two years Modigliani painted multiple portraits of his patron.
Portrait of Paul Guilaume, 'Nova Pilota'
Date of work
Oil paint on card mounted on cradled plywood 105 x 75 cm Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris Collection Jean Walter et Paul Guillaume RF1960-44 Paris, Orangerie © 2017. © Photo Josse/Scala , Florence
Born in Livorno, Italy to Jewish parents in 1884, Amedeo Modigliani was a dedicated painter, draughtsman and sculptor. He began studying art in 1898 and continued to do so after moving to southern Italy to recuperate after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
In 1906, intrigued by the Paris art scene, he moved to the city where he developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.