(Attributed to) Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)

Biography

Boldini was born in Ferrara Italy in 1842. He is most commonly known for his Italian genre and portrait paintings which were inspired by realist painters such as Macchioli. In 1862 he went to Florence to study painting. After acquiring great success in London as a portraitist, Boldini moved to Paris in 1872 and befriended such Impressionist artists as Edgar Degas. Although his work was affected by the Impressionist style, his style more closely resembles that of his contemporaries, John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. He received the Legion d'honneur in 1889 for his contribution to the Paris Exposition and died in 1931.