Picasso and Modigliani

October 25, 1881:  Birthdate of Pablo Picasso.  Picasso befriended the Italian-Jewish painter Amedeo Modigliani.  He posed for a portrait by Modigliani and tried to help him be a commercial success.  According to a 2004 film featuring the relationship between these two artistic giants, Picasso painted a portrait of Modigliani.  Picasso reportedly uttered Modigliani’s name on his death bed.

I submit for your enjoyment and reflection two philatelic artifacts:  a 1973 souvenir sheet from Antigua and Barbuda honoring a 1953 Picasso painting entitled, “Woman with a Dog” and a 1970 stamp from Monaco showing a 1920 Modigliani painting titled, “Portrait de Dédie”.

picasso souvenir sheet - antigua and barbuda 1973       Modigliani - Monaco 1970 Portrait


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