Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920) was 19 years old when she met Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) at the students’ carnival in Paris, France. She attended the Académie Colarossi, an art school established in the 19th century as an alternative to the more conservative French national school of fine arts. He was 33 years old and an aspiring artist. Their backgrounds were strikingly different. Her family was Roman Catholic, and she lived at home with her parents at 8 bis rue Amyot. Her father was an accountant and her brother a painter. She was a serious, intelligent young artist with a “strong personality.”1(p88)Her hair was a chestnut color with reddish lights; its contrast with her pale complexion led her friends to nickname her “Coconut” (Figure).
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Figure. Jeanne Hébuterne, 1918. Private collection.
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), Italian. Cover: Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919. Oil on canvas, 36 × 28.75 in (91.4 × 73 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr and Mrs Nate B. Spingold, 1956. Photograph ©1985 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Figure appearing in the “Arts and Images in Psychiatry” article: Jeanne Hébuterne, 1918. Oil on canvas, 18⅛ × 11⅜ in (46 × 29 cm). Private collection/Christie’s Images, London/Bridgeman Art Library.
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