Previously unknown work of painter Modigliani discovered

The work is a study, the basis for the painting "La Belle Romaine," which sold for $69 million in 2010.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   July 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

ANDORRA LA VELLA , Andorra, July 15 (UPI) -- A previously undiscovered work by the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani was acquired by an Andorran art auction house, it said in a statement.

Manuel Giraudier of the action house Gorgeov's called the drawing -- a pastel rendering of a woman's head and shoulders -- "a work of great artistic precision, sweetness, elegance and sensuality." It is referred to as a study, a preliminary work whose elements appear in another artwork.

In this case, the model depicted can be seen in the Modigliani oil painting La Belle Romaine, which was sold at auction in 2010 for $69 million. Modigliani (1884-1920) painted the work in Paris in 1917. The study was given to a friend of his, Paris poster artist Emilio Vila Gorgoli, who kept it for over 50 years before selling it to a private collector.

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