Léopold Zborowski

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Léopold Zborowski
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Portrait of Léopold Zborowski by Amedeo Modigliani
Born
Léopold Zborowski

(1889-03-10)10 March 1889
Died25 March 1932(1932-03-25) (aged 43)
NationalityPolish
OccupationArt dealer
Years active1914–1930

Léopold Zborowski (1889–1932) was a Polish poet, writer and art dealer.[1] He was born in Zaleszczyki into a Jewish family.

Zborowski and his wife Anna (Hanka Zborowska) were contemporaries with Parisian artists such as Chaïm Soutine, André Derain and Amedeo Modigliani, who painted Zborowski's portraits.

Léopold Zborowski was Amedeo Modigliani's primary art dealer and friend during the artist's final years, organizing his expositions and letting the Leghorn (Livorno) artist use his house as an atelier. He also was the first art dealer of René Iché, Chaïm Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, Émile Savitry, Marc Chagall and André Derain. There are three portraits of him by Modigliani, such as a 1734″ by 1034″ artwork sold for $1,464,000 at Sotheby's in 2003.[2]


As Modigliani's art dealer, Zborowski accumulated a small fortune, which he lost during the Great Depression of the 1930s, ultimately dying poor in Paris in 1932 of a heart attack. His widow was forced to sell his whole collection, which is now completely dispersed.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Samuel (July 2017). "Index of Historic Collectors and Dealers of Cubism - Zborowski, Jean". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Amedeo Modigliani: Portrait de Léopold Zborowski". Sotheby's. 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. ^ Modigliani, Jeanne (1958). "Zborowski". Modigliani. pp. 77–80. ISBN 9785881730345.