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Art and Images in Psychiatry
July 2005

Jeanne Hébuterne

Author Affiliations

James C.HarrisMD

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(7):710. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.7.710

In the month of July, 1917, our daughter met an Italian painter named Amedeo Modigliani, of Leghorn [Livorno], who lived in Paris. They fell in love. . . . —Notarized declaration by M and Mme Hébuterne, March 28, 19231(p116)

Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920) was 19 years old when she met Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) at the students’ carnival in Paris, France. She attended the Académie Colarossi, an art school established in the 19th century as an alternative to the more conservative French national school of fine arts. He was 33 years old and an aspiring artist. Their backgrounds were strikingly different. Her family was Roman Catholic, and she lived at home with her parents at 8 bis rue Amyot. Her father was an accountant and her brother a painter. She was a serious, intelligent young artist with a “strong personality.”1(p88)Her hair was a chestnut color with reddish lights; its contrast with her pale complexion led her friends to nickname her “Coconut” (Figure).

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