A Modigliani pencil drawing of Beatrice Hastings—political activist, feminist, poet and literary critic—is a featured item in Swann’s 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings sale on Tuesday. The two shared a tempestuous relationship that produced Modigliani’s famous 1915 portrait series, Madame Pompadour—Portraits of Beatrice Hastings. This pencil drawing dates to the time of that series.
Amedeo Modigliani, Beatrice Hastings, pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1915. Estimate: $30,000 to 50,000.