Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani

Marie Vorobieff Marevna (Russian, 1892 – 1984)
1916 or later
Chalk, ink on paper
Sheet/image : 24 3/4 x 19 in. (62.87 x 48.26 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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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.

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