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Unveiling Modigliani: Exploring the Legacy of an Italian Master Drawing

TEFAF Meet the Experts programs celebrate the expertise of our world-renowned exhibitors, spotlighting exceptional objects and the stories they tell. Learn more about this mesmerizing drawing by Modigliani, which was acquired from the artist by friend and patron Dr. Paul Alexandre and has remained in the family until now.

TEFAF Meet the Experts


2PM–2.30PM CET

Registration is mandatory but free to TEFAF Maastricht ticket holders


Amedeo Modigliani’s (1884–1920) Femme nue s’appuyant sur l'avant-bras gauche [Nude Woman Leaning on Left Forearm] from circa 1910 anticipates the famous nudes that the artist would paint only a few years later, predicting most of their exemplary characteristics: the almond-shaped eyes; the liberal exaggeration of certain volumes; an impression of tranquility and sensuality, one deprived of obscenity. It also demonstrates the diversity of approaches through which Modigliani would reinterpret an ideal of feminine beauty via his own sensibility, as well as his admiration for the work of Cézanne, the geometric rigor of Cubism, and non-European art.

This drawing was purchased, as part of a series originally from Modigliani’s notebook, directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, friend and patron to the artist, and has remained in the family until now, as it is presented during TEFAF Maastricht 2023 for the first time.


The famous art dealership Agnews has founded a new gallery in Brussels under the direction of Noémie Goldman and Eric Gillis. Goldman a specialist in 19th century art, is a former researcher at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, who dedicated her PhD thesis on the Belgian art world circa 1880. She still contributes to many publications about Léon Spilliaert, Les XX, and the art market in the 19th century.

Eric Gillis 51 2 No à mie Goldman
Noémie Goldman Director, Agnews Works on Paper

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Image: Amedeo Modigliani: Femme nue s’appuyant sur l'avant-bras gauche [Nude Woman Leaning on Left Forearm], circa 1910