Giovanni Boldini – Italian 1842-1931

Lucian Giovanni Boldini (8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was an Italian genre and portrait painter who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career. According to a 1933 article in Time magazine, he was known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting.

He was born in Ferrara, the son of a painter of religious subjects, and in 1862 went to Florence for six years to study and pursue painting. He only infrequently attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, but in Florence, met other realist painters known as the Macchiaioli, who were Italian precursors to Impressionism. Their influence is seen in Boldini's landscapes which show his spontaneous response to nature, although it is for his portraits that he became best known.

Moving to London, Boldini attained success as a portraitist. He completed portraits of premier members of society including Lady Holland and the Duchess of Westminster. From 1872 he lived in Paris, where he became a friend of Edgar Degas. He became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris in the late 19th century, with a dashing style of painting which shows some Macchiaioli influence and a brio reminiscent of the work of younger artists, such as John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. He was nominated commissioner of the Italian section of the Paris Exposition in 1889, and received the Légion d'honneur for this appointment.

In 1897 he had a solo exhibition in New York. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1895, 1903, 1905, and 1912. He died in Paris on 11 July 1931.

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Giovanni Boldini: 215 Plates by Maria Peitcheva – Paperback: 76 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Jan 29, 2016)

Boldini's Muse by Shelley Bradford Bell – Paperback: 171 pages; Independently published (Aug 31, 2018)

After being sealed for seventy-years, a mysterious apartment in Paris grabs the attention of the world. It reveals only one answer – it once belonged to Marthe de Florian, a courtesan during Paris' famous era, the Belle Epoque. However, who was she?

Giovanni Boldini: Drawings & Details by Maria Peitcheva – Paperback: 166 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Sep 11, 2017)

Giovanni Boldini: His Palette by Arron Adams – Paperback: 50 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Apr 30, 2016)

Giovanni Boldini: Selected Drawings (Volume 2) by Vasily Tesi – Paperback: 88 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Apr 9, 2017)

Giovanni Boldini: Catalogo generale dagli archivi Boldini (Libri illustrati Rizzoli) by Bianca Doria – Unknown Binding; Rizzoli (2000) Language: Italian

See John Howard Sanden's article "The Daring Bravura of Giovanni Boldini"

Giovanni Boldini: People In Paint by Relaxed Venues – Paperback: 56 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Aug 15, 2017)

Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris by Sarah Lees, Richard Kendall, Barbara Guidi – Hardcover: 232 pages; Clark Art Institute (Jan 19, 2010)

Distinguished by his brilliantly energetic brushwork, Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) was one of the most prominent Italian artists of the late 19th century. Still, he has remained little known beyond his native country. This beautiful book is the first published on Boldini in English in a generation and accompanies the first major exhibition of his works outside of Europe.

Giovanni Boldini: Drawings & Paintings by Raya Yotova – Paperback: 90 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Jul 30, 2018)

Giovanni Boldini: Drawings, 118 Colour Plates by Maria Peitcheva – Paperback: 76 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Jun 23, 2015)

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