In December 1917, an artistic bombshell exploded in the cultural heartland of Paris.

The Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani, who was 33 at the time was having his first one man show in Berthe Weill’s gallery, (it turned out to be his one and only one man show). Some thirty drawings and paintings were in the exhibition. It turned out to be Modigliani’s bad luck that directly opposite the gallery was a Police Station!

For publicity purposes one of Modigliani’s large and elegant nudes had been placed in the window. The painting caught the attention of many passers-by who stopped to take a closer look. The result was a small scandal resulting in the exhibition being banned.

Berthe Weill, the gallery owner was summoned to see the Police Commissioner  - ‘You wanted to see me? - Yes, I order you to take down all the filth’.

‘Why?’ she asked. The Commissioner huffed and puffed and eventually said - ‘Those naked women - they have pubic hair!’.

Working in close ‘COVID BUBBLE’ collaboration with fellow ASWW member, Ann-Maria Thomas, I set out to create my own version of an elegant Modigliani nude.

The result - the CITRUS CUSHION. Painted in acrylics on canvas, it measures 30 inches x 40 inches. A 21st century interpretation, (minus the 20th century offending item), of a Modigliani masterpiece.

STOP PRESS - Commissions accepted -10% discount to current ASWW members!