Janet Lehr’s ARTMKT Report May 4, 2013
VERED GALLERY LOAN HEADLINER WORK AT CHANEL EXHIBITION OPENING MAY 5 AT THE PALAIS d’TOKYO, PARIS
Young Woman in Large Chapeau-The Chester Dale Collection Modigliani
Crayon on paper, c.1916
8.25 x 5 inches 20.9 x 12.7 cm
Inscribed lower right to Ortiz de Zarate an intimate of Modigliani
Provenance: Chester Dale Collection; Sam Salz NY; Schoneman Galleries NY (the American representative of Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris); Private collection since 1965; Private collection since 2007
Modigliani was known to work closely with subjects, highlighting their characteristics and their personalities. It may be conjectured, that the subject of this work is Coco Chanel. This comparison is made in the Chanel No.5 exhibition at the Palais d’Tokyo May 5 – June 5, 2013 where Young Woman in Large Chapeau is the headline image.
Modigliani was an artist whose paintings are dominated by his sense of linear design. He used line exclusively to suggest body and form, with skill and sensitivity. He used distortion as a way of highlighting characteristics of his subjects, and perhaps, maybe even their personalities? Modigliani developed his own unique style, surrounded by artists experimenting with impressionism, surrealism, and cubism. Many of his subject’s heads are elegantly bowed with swan-like necks, and sloping shoulders. The effect is delicate and gentle, yet you feel the people in these paintings are almost aloof, in a dreamy kind of way. His faces are very distinctive with the long thin noses, the empty almond-shaped eyes, and the tiny pursed lips. The eyes are so haunting and when I look at them, it seems odd that they look quite normal in his paintings, as if everyone has empty eyes.
"I want to be a tune swept fiddle string that feels the master melody, and snaps" __Amedeo Modigliani
According to the biographers, Modigliani and Coco Chanel never met, however research for the current exhibition, Chanel No. 5 at the Palais d’Tokyo, an extension of the exhibition begun a the Pushkin State Museum for Fine Arts; Beijing’s National Art Museum of China and most recently at the Guangzhou Opera house (Jan 16-March 3, 2013) reveal that their aesthetics found common expression in the importance that they gave to shapes (Blouin). The broad brimmed hat is something Chanel brought into her designs (Film of the young Coco Chanel).
Along with the strong, intense line, the character of the work itself and its excellent condition, the provenance of this particular work is of great significance. Chester Dale Collection; Sam Salz NY; Schoneman Galleries NY (the American representative of Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris); Private collection since 1965; Private collection since 2007.
Back in the prime of the past century, Chester Dale, a pugnacious New York trader, and his wife, Maud, an older and fashionable former divorcee, expended a great deal of their wealth and energy on what they liked to call their "children" — their vast and uniformly excellent collection of mostly French art, now on display at the National Gallery. (February 2, 2010 the Washington Post)
Modigliani’s work fetches ever increasing prices in the world’s auction markets and galleries. On Nov. 2, 2010, Modigliani’s Nu assis Sur Un Divan, set a World Record price for the artist at $69 million.
If you are travelling abroad this month, CHANEL No. 5 is a must see exhibition. Young Woman in Large Hat will be on exhibit at ART SOUTHAMPTON, the Hamptons premiere art fair. (VIP Preview on July 25 – July 29th.)