Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giovanni Boldini - Portrait of the Marchesa Luisa Casati, With A Greyhound

"Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) was an Italian portrait painter known as the 'Master of Swish' due to his flowing style of painting. His work has some impressionist influence, but he is most often compared to fellow portraitist John Singer Sargent. He became the most fashionable portrait painter of the late 19th century in Paris. His work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the National Portrait Gallery in London but the majority of his paintings remain in private collections (due to the fact that they were mainly commissioned).

As a painter of society portraits, Boldini painted the chicest dresses of his time. His ability to render fabrics was breathtaking. The colour, the shimmer and the movement are beautiful. His work influences fashion designers today, most notably John Galliano. His subjects are also inspiring, including fashion icons like the Marchesa Casati whom he painted on more than one occasion."
- from Glamour and Glitter: Fashion in Art

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