Friday, April 03, 2009

Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931)

Italian-French portrait painter.

Giovanni Boldini was a society portraitist, one full of vivacity and frank sensuousness which won him the title of “Master of Swish”.

Born in Ferrara in 1842, he grew up to be a little fellow (half an inch too short for military service), with a mincing manner and a domelike forehead. He abhorred Bohemianism, was always perfectly frank in his love of rich food, fine clothes, beautiful women. His career took him first to Florence, then London, then Paris. Ever since "the Salon" of 1875 his steady succession of portraits and mistresses had been gaining fame but it was not until the turn of the century that Boldini entered his Grand Period. He was preeminently the artist of the Edwardian era, of the pompadour, the champagne supper and the ribbon-trimmed chemise.

The passing of the petticoat was the passing of Boldini’s art. He lived to be 88. Too purblind to paint, he could still drink champagne and chuck pretty young models under the chin. In 1929, aged 86, he suddenly married. At his wedding breakfast he made a little speech: “It is not my fault if I am so old, it’s something which has happened to me all at once."

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Giovanni Boldini



Rita said...

How beautiful my dear.... Kisses

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[Tara] said...

He really had a way with painting dresses!!