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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2018!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

After Modigliani - "Maude Abrantes"

I was able to spend another productive day at my studio at the 509 Artspace today working on furthering my skills in acrylics.

The end-product is this reproduction of Modig's "Maude Abrantes," which he painted in 1907. I googled Maude, but only came up with more of this image. Who she was and what she did in life and how she came to be in front of Modig's canvas are things I would like to know more about.

I'm really enjoying these, and hopefully learning.



Lapoynte said...

Wow, you picked a tough one this time but you still did well. My favorite Modigliani is his Paul Guillaume.

Bobi Wilson said...

"I'm really enjoying these,..."
As are we!

Laura Gable said...

She has a wisdom in those deep set eyes. And it looks like you are enjoying your acrylic experience. I am enjoying your series as well. We have so much to learn from the Master's, huh?

Unknown said...

Maud Abrantès is one of the mistresses of Modigliani. An elegant woman, she is also a painter, and it is with her that Modi first goes to see Dr. Alexandre at 7 Delta Street. His portrait (C.007b) is found on the back of another Modigliani painting: the 'Nu au chapeau' (C.007a). In the works we feel the importance of the different influences that the Italian artist was undergoing: there is on the one hand that artists already well-seated and who have their hours of glory, the posters and Toulouse-Lautrec and secondly that of the Expressionists and Fauves.
Pregnant, Abrantès left Paris in 1908 to settle permanently in New York. Who should assume the paternity of the unborn child? Perhaps Modigliani or one of the Alexander brothers, or ... Unable to find out how much the mores at Delta Street were free. She makes the crossing on the steamer 'La Lorraine' which she sends, on November 28, 1908, a last postcard to Paul Alexandre: 'Tomorrow is the arrival. Always read Malarmé [sic]. I can not tell you how much I feel deprived of all those charming evenings we spent together, gathered around your good fire. Ah, good weather! Best memories of Maud Abrantès'