Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani
ArtistMarie Vorobieff Marevna (Russian, 1892 – 1984)
Date1916 or later
MediumChalk, ink on paper
DimensionsSheet/image : 24 3/4 x 19 in. (62.87 x 48.26 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Also known by the nickname Marevna, Marie Vorobieff first studied art in her native Russia before moving to Paris in 1912. In Paris, Vorobieff joined a circle of avant-garde artists that included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques, Henri Matisse and Amadeo Modigliani among others. After gaining modest recognition as a Cubist painter, Vorobieff had a daughter with Mexican artist Diego Rivera in 1919 and struggled to balance her roles as an artist and a mother. Vorobieff tried to revive her artistic career in the mid 1950s by painting portraits and other images inspired by her memories of Paris in the 1910s, but a combination of bad marketing and changing tastes derailed her efforts and Vorobieff spent the last decades of her life in relative obscurity.