Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931)

Reclining Nude - Oil on canvas - 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) - 1892 - Oil on canvas - Public collection Marthe Bibesco - 1911 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’ - Oil on canvas - 125.1 x 101.9 cm Peaceful Days - 1875 - Oil on canvas - 35.56 x 25.40 cm - Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

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