Giovanni Boldini was born in Ferrara, Italy in 1842. His father was a painter and restorer, and Boldini received artistic training from a very young age. He inherited a large sum of money from an uncle and then moved to Florence in early 1864, where he became associated with many other young artists. He made his first trip to Paris in May 1867 and officially moved there in October 1871. Over the next twenty years, Boldini established himself as one of the most sought out portraitists in Parisian society. Many of his sitters were wealthy society figures. In addition to portraits, he also portrayed scenes of urban life, landscapes, and genre scenes. Boldini’s style is characterized by sweeping brushstrokes, and he has been referred to as the epitome of the Belle Époque portraitist. He passed away in 1931.
Giovanni Boldini is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met