recto: line drawing of seated figure with short curlly hair; legs crossed; ring on PL hand; verso: line drawing of a seated figure; simplified

Portrait of Oscar Miestchanoff, I. (recto and verso), c. 1916-17

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This double-sided sheet appears to be a preparatory drawing for one of Modigliani’s portraits of Oscar Miestchaninoff (born Meschaninov, 1886–1956), a Russian artist active in Paris from 1907 to 1944, when he moved to America. Like Modigliani, who arrived in Paris one year before him, Miestchaninoff was very involved in avant-garde artistic circles and collected the art of his peers. The inscription “MECHANIN” appears to be a nickname for the sitter, possibly a joking identification of the fellow sculptor as a mechanic. Modigliani drawings are often faked, but we believe this one, traceable back to the artist himself, to be authentic.

Details
Title
Portrait of Oscar Miestchanoff, I. (recto and verso)
Artist Life
1884–1920
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.130.2
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by Oscar Miestchaninoff (Paris and Los Angeles, c.1917 to c.1954; (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1954; Rosalynd Pflaum, Wayzata, MN, 1954-2014; by descent to her sons Peter and Steven Pflaum
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recto: line drawing of seated figure with short curlly hair; legs crossed; ring on PL hand; verso: line drawing of a seated figure; simplified