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THE SHADES OF SEXUALITY, THE COLORS OF ELEGANCE – Giovanni Boldini and alluring atmosphere of the Belle Epoque

GIOVANNI BOLDINI 1/3 – He enjoyed a long and successful artistic career. Born in Ferrara, with his artist-father, he was trained by Italian Renaissance masters from childhood. At the age of 20, he studied in Florence at the Scuola of the nude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJBiflv1r9s He started the 20th century as one of the best-known Italian painters. He began to paint society portraits and developed a reputation for his elegant depictions of fashionable women. The masterful brushwork always gives to his paintings sense of motion.

GIOVANNI BOLDINI 2/3 – He developed his own personal distinct style. His paintings showed his subject in soft-focus: alive, elongated and in movement. He also painted landscapes influenced by the Macchiaioli schooled artists, who he has known in Florence. His subjects were placed in seductive poses, which made the women in his portraits sensual and even powerful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMi-Vbdsv4k By the end of the nineteenth century, he had established his reputation as the epitome of the Belle Époque portraitist.

GIOVANNI BOLDINI 3/3 – He traveled extensively to London, Italy and New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO6r9e3TnZY By definition, although his portraits are very realistic, he was the Impressionist. You can admire his paintings in museums around the world (including the N.Y. Metropolitan Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Australia). He died in Paris and is buried in his hometown of Ferrara.

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