T03569 Madame Zborowska 1918
Oil on canvas 25 3/8 × 18 1/8 (645 × 460)
Inscribed ‘modigliani’ b.r.
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: L. Zborowski, Paris; J. Netter, Paris; Lepoutre, Paris; Reid and Lefevre, London; Mrs Kessler
Exh: Paintings by Modigliani, Lefevre Gallery, March 1929 (15); French Paintings from the Kessler Collection, York Art Gallery, May 1948 (8); The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (20); The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (works not numbered, repr.)
Lit: Arthur Pfannstiel, Modigliani, Paris, 1929, p.42; Arthur Pfannstiel, Modigliani et son Oeuvre, Paris, 1956, no. 260, p.140; J. Lanthemann, Modigliani 1884–1920: Catalogue Raisonné, Barcelona, 1970, no.334, p.130, repr. p.248 as ‘La Zborowska en Buste’ 1918
Mme Zborowska was the common-law wife of the Polish poet and dealer Leopold Zborowski, who became Modigliani's agent from the summer of 1916 onwards. Although usually known as Zborowska, her original name was Hanka Sierspowska, and she came of an aristocratic Polish family. Both she and her husband posed for Modigliani many times. According to Pfannstiel, this portrait was painted in 1918 at Nice, where Modigliani spent much of his time from about July 1918 until May 1919.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986