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Giovanni Boldini (1842—1931)

Italian genre and portrait painter who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1842
Lady in white dress and black boa (1902), by Giovanni Boldini
Moving to London, Boldini attained success as a portraitist. He completed portraits of distinguished 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 also had a romantic relationship with a French woman named Berthe, who would a regular model for him in the same decade. He had another lover in the Countess Gabrielle de Rasty. 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.

Boldini died in Paris on 11 January 1931. In a write up in The New York Times in January 1931, his career was summed up as follows:

Boldini was a fashionable portrait painter. He 'did' all the grandes dames of Paris, and at a certain period to have a portrait painted by Boldini was a crowning event of social season. His style was racy and advanced for his time, and he believed that his décolleté paintings touched the extreme limit of convention. His work was the talk of numerous salons. And then he was superseded by Vandongens and Etcheverrys and Domergues and others whose daring shocked and discouraged Boldini. He had not painted for many years before his death. His body was taken to Ferrara, his native city, for burial.

After his death, his work continued to be exhibited around the world. An exhibition of his work was held in 1938, seven years after his death, at the Newhouse Galleries in New York City.
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Boldini - cleo-de-merode - Public domain portrait painting
Boldini - portrait-of-countess-de-leusse

Boldini - portrait-of-countess-de-leusse

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - reclining-nude

Boldini - reclining-nude

Work by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini - WASHERWOMAN AND A YOUNG BRUNETTE BY THE SEINE, PARIS

Boldini - WASHERWOMAN AND A YOUNG BRUNETTE BY THE SEINE, PARIS

WASHERWOMAN AND A YOUNG BRUNETTE BY THE SEINE, PARIS

Gertrudeelizabethladycolincampbell giovanni boldini 1897

Gertrudeelizabethladycolincampbell giovanni boldini 1897

Gertrude Elizabeth, Lady Colin Campbell Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of 19th-ce... More

Place Pigalle and the Place de l’Etoile La Villette omnibus (1882), by Giovanni Boldini

Place Pigalle and the Place de l’Etoile La Villette omnibus (1882), by...

Place Pigalle and the Place de l’Etoile La Villette omnibus (1882), by Giovanni Boldini

Glaspalast München 1890 068
Boldini - Madame Michelham - Public domain portrait painting

Boldini - Madame Michelham - Public domain portrait painting

Madame Michelham by Giovanni Boldini, oil on canvas, 166x112.5cm, private collection

Boldini signora in rosa - Public domain portrait painting

Boldini signora in rosa - Public domain portrait painting

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Boldini, Rose in Vase - Public domain scan / painting

Boldini, Rose in Vase - Public domain scan / painting

Public domain reproduction of artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - a-portrait-of-john-singer-sargent

Boldini - a-portrait-of-john-singer-sargent

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 19th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - Portrait of Mrs. Whitney Warren, 1908
Boldini - Ritratto femminile, 1902
Boldini - Portrait of Mme. Lina Cavalieri, 1901

Boldini - Portrait of Mme. Lina Cavalieri, 1901

Portrait of Mme. Lina Cavalieri Public domain image - Chicago, Illinois history, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - moving-to-the-bois-de-boulogene

Boldini - moving-to-the-bois-de-boulogene

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain print related to the history of fashion, costume, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

In the Artist's Studio

In the Artist's Studio

GIOVANNI BOLDINI Italian 1842 - 1931 In the Artist's Studio oil on panel 17.5 by 27cm., 6¾ by 10½in. The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Museo Archives Giovanni Boldini Macchiaioli, Pistoia.

Marchesa Luisa Casati, with a greyhound, by Giovanni Boldini

Marchesa Luisa Casati, with a greyhound, by Giovanni Boldini

Marchesa Luisa Casati, with a greyhound oil on canvas 253.4x140.4 cm signed b.l.: Boldini / 1908

Boldini - Reclining Nude - Public domain scenic drawing

Boldini - Reclining Nude - Public domain scenic drawing

Picryl description: Public domain image of an artwork, female nude figure, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Boldini - mrs-leeds-the-later-princess-anastasia-of-greece-and-denmark-1914

Boldini - mrs-leeds-the-later-princess-anastasia-of-greece-and-denmark...

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph -female portrait, the 1900s, aristocracy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - the-marquesa-de-pinar-del-rio

Boldini - the-marquesa-de-pinar-del-rio

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph - dance, dancer, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - Berthe Going for a Walk, 1874
Boldini - La Contessa Speranza
Ladies of the First Empire - Giovanni Boldini

Ladies of the First Empire - Giovanni Boldini

Ladies of the First Empire, 1875, Giovanni Boldini

Boldini, Leda with Swan

Boldini, Leda with Swan

Public domain reproduction of artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Giovanni Boldini - Reclining Lady
Boldini - girl-with-red-shawl - Public domain portrait painting
Giovanni Boldini - Cavallo e calesse

Giovanni Boldini - Cavallo e calesse

Italiano: Cavallo e calesse, acquerello di Giovanni Boldini

Nudo di Giovane Seduta (Nudo color perla) by Giovanni Boldini

Nudo di Giovane Seduta (Nudo color perla) by Giovanni Boldini

Picryl description: Public domain image of an artwork, painting, figurative art, 19th, 20th century art, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Boldini - Ritratto di Jeanne Renouardt, 1910
Boldini, Lezione di piano
Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) View of an interior with Louis XV commode

Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) View of an interior with Louis XV commode

GIOVANNI BOLDINI FERRARA 1842 - PARIS 1931 VIEW OF AN INTERIOR WITH A LOUIS XV COMMODE numbered upper right: 7047 water-colour heightened with gouache 53.9 by 37.1 cm.

Giovanni boldini, al pianoforte

Giovanni boldini, al pianoforte

At the piano (1867), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini - naked-young-lady-with-blanket
Boldini - portrait-of-a-lady-1889

Boldini - portrait-of-a-lady-1889

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - Mademoiselle de Nemidoff

Boldini - Mademoiselle de Nemidoff

"Mademoiselle de Nemidoff", portrait of opera singer Vera Nimidoff by Giovanni Boldini.Italiano: "Mademoiselle de Nemidoff", ritratto della cantante lirica Vera Nimidoff, eseguito da Giovanni Boldini.Français... More

Boldini - Carriage Horse, Avenue Trudaine, Paris, 14 July 1880, 1880
Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) Moored boats

Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931) Moored boats

GIOVANNI BOLDINI FERRARA 1842 - PARIS 1931 MOORED BOATS signed and dated lower right: Boldini / 1905 watercolor on paper 25 by 34.9 cm.

Self-portrait (1892), by Giovanni Boldini

Self-portrait (1892), by Giovanni Boldini

Self-portrait (1892), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini, Spettatori di un teatrino, 1890 circa
Boldini, Bovi, 1885
Boldini - portrait-of-elizabeth-wharton-drexel-1905
Giovanni Boldini Mademoiselle Lantelme

Giovanni Boldini Mademoiselle Lantelme

Portrait of Mademoiselle Geneviève Lantelme by Giovanni Boldini, 1907

In the Artist's Studio - A painting of a woman laying on a bed

In the Artist's Studio - A painting of a woman laying on a bed

GIOVANNI BOLDINI Italian 1842 - 1931 In the Artist's Studio oil on panel 17.5 by 27cm., 6¾ by 10½in. The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Museo Archives Giovanni Boldini Macchiaioli, Pistoia.

Boldini - Figura femminile di profilo, 1882
Portrait of a Lady - Public domain portrait print

Portrait of a Lady - Public domain portrait print

Giovanni Boldini (Italian, Ferrara 1842–1931 Paris) Public domain scan of 18th century Italian drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - a-lady-admiiring-a-fan-1878
Boldini, The Girl with a Black Cat

Boldini, The Girl with a Black Cat

Public domain photograph of 19th-century portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec by Giovanni Boldini

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec by Giovanni Boldini

Public domain photograph of 19th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini, Ad Aix les Bains
Boldini, Ritratto dell'attrice Jeanne Renouardt, 1910 circa
Boldini - The Pont des Saints-Pères, circa 1881-1886
Nude of a young woman (1890s), by Giovanni Boldini

Nude of a young woman (1890s), by Giovanni Boldini

Nude of a young woman (1890s), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini, Ritratto del marchese del Grillo, 1868-1872
Boldini - Cléo de Mérode - Public domain portrait painting

Boldini - Cléo de Mérode - Public domain portrait painting

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Boldini, Élégante à la robe bleue Bemberg

Boldini, Élégante à la robe bleue Bemberg

Public domain reproduction of artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - Fireworks - Public domain portrait painting

Boldini - Fireworks - Public domain portrait painting

Fireworks, by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 20th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - portrait-of-alfred-beit-1906
Boldini - portrait-of-madame-josephina-a-de-errazuriz
Boldini - portrait-of-sarah-bernhardt-1
Boldini - the-countess-ritzer - Public domain scenic painting
The visit (1873-74), by Giovanni Boldini

The visit (1873-74), by Giovanni Boldini

The visit (1873-74), by Giovanni Boldini

Les Parisiennes (1873) - Giovanni Boldini

Les Parisiennes (1873) - Giovanni Boldini

Les Parisiennes, Giovanni Boldini, 1873

The musician (1874), by Giovanni Boldini

The musician (1874), by Giovanni Boldini

The musician (1874), by Giovanni Boldini

Giovanni-boldini-elgante-au-chien

Giovanni-boldini-elgante-au-chien

circa 1900 Public domain photo of drawing, 20th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Boldini - La Signora Edwards con i quattro figli e la bambinaia, 1922
Boldini - firework - A painting of a woman in a white dress
Boldini - miss-bell-1903 - Public domain weapon painting
Boldini - the-black-sash-1905

Boldini - the-black-sash-1905

Work by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini Marthe de Florian - Public domain scenic painting

Boldini Marthe de Florian - Public domain scenic painting

Portrait of the actress Marthe de Florian

Boldini - Natalina Cavalieri - Public domain portrait drawing
Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt

Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt

Portrait of Mrs. Graham Fair Vanderbilt (née Virginia Graham Fair) Public domain photograph of 20th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini, Ninfe al chiaro di luna, 1909 circa

Boldini, Ninfe al chiaro di luna, 1909 circa

Nymphs in the moonlight (c.1909), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini, Ritratto di Alaide Banti al pianoforte, 1885
Boldini, Ritratto di bambina, 1860 - 1870
Female nude with black stockings (c.1885), by Giovanni Boldini

Female nude with black stockings (c.1885), by Giovanni Boldini

Female nude with black stockings (c.1885), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini - gentleman-at-the-piano

Boldini - gentleman-at-the-piano

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - portrait-of-princess-marthe-lucile-bibesco-1911
Boldini - Testa di giovane su fondo rosa

Boldini - Testa di giovane su fondo rosa

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Boldini - the-art-connoisseur

Boldini - the-art-connoisseur

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - the-last-look-in-the-mirror
Boldini - young-woman-s-head-on-a-pink-background-1912
Boldini, Lady admiring Fan - Public domain  painting

Boldini, Lady admiring Fan - Public domain painting

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Boldini - diaz-albertini-1909 - Public domain portrait painting
Boldini - girl-with-black-cat-1885

Boldini - girl-with-black-cat-1885

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - nude-1 - A painting of a woman sitting on a chair

Boldini - nude-1 - A painting of a woman sitting on a chair

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of erotic art, sexuality, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - portrait-of-rita-de-acosta-lydig-1911
Boldini - Alice Regnault - Public domain  painting

Boldini - Alice Regnault - Public domain painting

Portrait of Alice Regnault Public domain photograph of 20th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Lady Colin Campbell00 - Public domain portrait painting

Lady Colin Campbell00 - Public domain portrait painting

Lady Colin Campbell (Gertrude Elizabeth Blood) Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - madame-leclanche-1881

Boldini - madame-leclanche-1881

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Giovanni-Boldini - Porticina a Montmartre

Giovanni-Boldini - Porticina a Montmartre

Italiano: Porticina a Montmartre

Boldini (Lina Cavalieri) - Public domain portrait painting

Boldini (Lina Cavalieri) - Public domain portrait painting

Public domain scan of a female portrait, woman, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - Lina Cavalieri - Public domain scenic painting
Boldini, Dalla soffitta a Ferrara, 1870

Boldini, Dalla soffitta a Ferrara, 1870

From the attic in Ferrara (1870), by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini - peaceful-days-1875

Boldini - peaceful-days-1875

Work by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini - Profile of a young woman

Boldini - Profile of a young woman

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Boldini - madame-michelham-1913

Boldini - madame-michelham-1913

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, aristocracy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - portrait-of-madame-gabrielle-rejane

Boldini - portrait-of-madame-gabrielle-rejane

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - san-marco-in-venice-1895

Boldini - san-marco-in-venice-1895

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph of 19th-century painting of Venice, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Boldini - the-pianist-a-rey-colaco

Boldini - the-pianist-a-rey-colaco

Work by Giovanni Boldini Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Giovanni Boldini, 1911 - Olympe Hériot

Giovanni Boldini, 1911 - Olympe Hériot

Olympe Hériot (1887-1953) en maître de chasse, Musée de la Vénerie, Senlis

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