Friday, October 30, 2009

Giovanni Boldini - Natura Morta Con Rose

Natura Morta Con Rose
Oil on Panel
73 by 54.5cm., 28¾ by 21½in.

"Renowned for his dynamic brushstrokes and spontaneous compositions, Boldini painted this refreshingly original still life of roses circa 1905. Best known for his society portraits, Boldini executed few flower subjects, if any, on this scale and with this level of finish making the appearance of the present work a rare and exciting event."

"The first-known owner of the present work, the Marquis de Biron, almost certainly acquired the painting directly from Boldini. An intimate friend of the Marquis, Boldini spent the summer of 1901 painting in the French countryside as his guest."
- from the Sotheby's catalogue notes

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