Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Amedeo Modigliani
Born Italy, active France, 1884–1920
Portrait of Léopold Zborowski
1916
Oil on canvas
65 x 43 cm
Permanent loan from the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation, through Schweizer Vereinigung der Freunde des Israel Museum in Jerusalem
Public Domain
Accession number: L-B04.008
 
 
Léopold Zborowski, a young Polish poet living in Paris, earned a living by dealing in books, prints, and paintings. He met Modigliani in 1916 and became his dealer soon after. In this first of the artist’s six portraits of Zborowski, the dealer is seen with folded arms, displaying great self-assurance. The tilt of his head and his light blue eyes without pupils – a Modigliani hallmark – create the impression of a spiritual man absorbed in thought.

Publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina (ed.), Modernism in Dialogue: 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: Ms. Joan Lessing, New York and Jerusalem