During the winter of 1912-13, Modigliani suffered from poverty and illness,
to the point that his friends took up a collection to send him home to
his mother in Livorno to nurse him back to health. After his return
to Montmarte in the spring, Modigliani apparently drifted away from
sculpting for several reasons, including the strenuousness of carving stone and his inability to sell the work or interest anyone in it.
(27 of Modigliani’s sculptures have survived – 17 of them in museums.
One that was privately owned sold in June 2010 for $52.8 million.)
Modigliani did not paint portraits on commission but painted friends,
lovers, and people he saw on the street and invited in to sit for him.
LET’S HAVE SOME FUN.
This painting will soon have a new owner. And it could easily be you.
Ken Fleisch (1943-2008) paintings routinely sell for $5,000 and more. Although Fleisch did not typically paint in the style of Modigliani, he once painted 3 such paintings just to prove he could do it. One person bought all 3 and then that person died. The wizard and the princess attended the estate auction of that wealthy person a few months ago. Everyone else was there to buy the furniture. When they came to the paintings, neither the bidders nor the auctioneer had any idea what they were looking at. The wizard bought all 3 paintings for the price of lunch and a bottle of good wine. Heh-heh-heh. Click the painting of the woman wearing pearls if you want to hear my crazy scheme. – Indy