The Musée de l'Orangerie explores the painter's debt to Paul Guillame, whom he dubbed his 'new pilot'
Modigliani first met Paul Guillaume in 1914. Over the course of the following year, the artist painted the influential dealer no fewer than four times. By presenting these portraits alongside personal correspondence, this exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris allows us to see how the pair’s shared tastes in literature, poetry and African art influenced Modigliani’s later work (20 September–15 January 2024). Responsible for introducing the artist to the Parisian literary and artistic elite, Guillaume was described by Modigliani as his ‘new pilot’; the words ‘Novo Pilota’ were inscribed on the first portrait he painted of the dealer. Accompanying the portraits from 1914 are paintings of other figures in their artistic milieu such as the poet Max Jacob and Elvire, Modigliani’s muse. Find out more on Musée de l’Orangerie’s website.