MODIGLIANI, Amedeo Modigliani chez Bernheim-Jeune
Guy-Patrice & Floriane Dauberville
A year after his arrival in Paris, in June 1907, the young Amedeo Modigliani discovered the exhibition « Watercolors of Cézanne » at Berhneim-Jeune, which showed seventy-nine pieces of work. This was a pictorial shock which led to a change of his style. He could not imagine that fifteen years later, Bernheim-Jeune would devote a major exhibition to his work, the first after his death.
Josse and Gaston BERNHEIM-JEUNE were actively involved in Amedeo MODIGLIANI’s promotion, even if MODIGLIANI was not under contract with the gallery.
As one of the few galleries from that period that are still active today, we are very often requested to make researches in our archives, especially for MODIGLIANI. It is one of the reasons why we decided to publish this book. Reproductions of this book were made from photography on glass (cliché-verres) from 1920 until 1954.
Image above © BJ - Modigliani, Amedeo Modigliani chez bernheim-Jeune, cover detail