Portrait of Jeanne Abutern Modigliani, or a tragic love story
Jeanne Modigliani (French: Jeanne Modigliani; 29 November 1918, Nice — 27 July 1984, Paris)was the only daughter of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and the French artist Jeanne Abutern. In 1958, she wrote a biography of her father, Modigliani: The Man and the Myth, in Italian, the same year the book was translated into English, and in 1961 it was published in French.
At the time of her parents ‘ death, she was fourteen months old. Young Jeanne was cared for by her grandparents until she was adopted by her sister Modigliani.
Jeanne married Italian economist and journalist Mario Cesare Silvio Levi. During the Second World War, she took part in the activities of the French Resistance. During this time, she met another resistance fighter, Waldemar “Waldy” Nehstein, who was also married. They began an affair, and in May 1946, Jeanne gave birth to a daughter, Anna. Eventually, both divorced their spouses and finally got married. Their second daughter, Laura, was born in 1951. But in 1980, Modigliani and Nehstein divorced.
Jeanne Modigliani died on July 27, 1984 from a brain hemorrhage as a result of an accidental fall.