Human Figure late 19th to early 20th century Wood Object: 56 x 21.5 x 22.5 cm (22 1/16 x 8 7/16 x 8 7/8 in.) Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection 2006.51.147 Geography: Made in North Africa, South Sudan Culture: Bongo
Although Modigliani is known primarily as a painter, he fostered ambitions to become a sculptor early on in his career. Paul Alexandre, his friend and first faithful patron, engineered a meeting with Constantin Brancusi in 1909. This encouraged Modigliani to return to stone carving and for almost three years he virtually abandoned portrait painting. Some 25 sculptures survive from this formative period in his career.
Que serait le mobilier d'art africain sans leurs chaises à palabre. Très belle chaise Senoufo dôtée d'une patine miel foncé. Finement sculptée, le dossier est décoré d'un reptile. Les réparations indigènes attestent de l'ancienneté de la pièce.