Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931)

Reclining Nude
Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 29 1/8 inches (55.3 x 74 cm)
Private collection

Born in Ferrara, Italy on 31st December 1842, Boldini received his initial training from his father, a painter and restorer. A precocious talent, Boldini attended the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Florence in 1862. There he met the circle of Tuscan realist painters, known as the Macchiaioli, developing a particularly close friendship with Telemaco Signorini and Christiano Banti.

During a visit to Paris for the Exposition Universelle in 1867, Boldini was greatly influenced by the paintings of Courbet, Manet and Degas, artists with whom he later established lifelong friendships.

Portrait of Giovanetta Erraruiz
(daughter of Madame Josephina Alvear de Errazuriz)
Oil on canvas
Public collection

Marthe Bibesco,

La marchesa Luisa Casati con penne di pavone (Portrait of the Marquise with peacock), 1914
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Roma
Oil on canvas, 136 x 186 cm

Spanish dancers at the ‘Moulin Rouge’
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 49 1/4 x 40 1/8 in (125.1 x 101.9 cm)


an admiring tranquillity with a subtle touch of modernity… =)

Peaceful Days
Oil on canvas, 1875
14 x 10 inches (35.56 x 25.40 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

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