Portrait of Paul Alexandre Against a Green Background.
1909. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Private collection. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Dr Paul Alexandre
, a medical doctor, not much older than Modigliani. Dr. Alexandre together with his brother, Jean, set up a free house for artists in Paris. The doctor was fascinated by Modiglianiís paintings and began to support the Italian as well as he could. He bought his drawings and paintings and arranged for portrait commissions. He collected up to 25 paintings and 450 drawings by Modigliani, which were published only in 1990. In 1914, Dr. Alexandre went to the army and had to stop his support of the artists