By Sarah Lees
With contributions by Richard Kendall and Barbara Guidi
Distinguished by his brilliantly energetic brushwork, Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) was one of the most prominent Italian artists of the late nineteenth 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.
Born in Ferrara, Boldini moved to Paris in 1871, where he lived for the rest of his life. This important volume focuses on his work from 1871 to 1886, which reflects the influence of his contemporaries—Degas, Manet, Caillebotte, Meissonier, and Fortuny, among others. It features Boldini’s fanciful paintings made for the art market and depictions of the city around him—from the bustling streets and squares to cafés, theaters, and concert halls—as well as paintings of friends and models, and a selection of later portraits that established him as one of the quintessential portraitists of the Belle Époque.
Sarah Lees is associate curator of European art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Richard Kendall is curator-at-large at the Clark. Barbara Guidi is curator of modern and contemporary art at Ferrara Arte.
232 pages 9 x 11 3/4 inches
134 color and 6 black-and-white illustrations
Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Ferrara Arte.