Portrait of Marthe de Florian, by Giovanni Boldini. 🎨 An7/20/2021, 6:55:11 AM
Portrait of Marthe de Florian, by Giovanni Boldini. 🎨 An exquisite sitter by the French socialite during the Belle Époque, known for her first-class lovers including the artist himself. Initially forgotten from history, her story resurfaced in 2010 after her belongings were discovered in her Parisian apartment, untouched for decades. The discovery of her apartment was the inspiration behind Michelle Gable's novel A Paris Apartment. During World War II de Florian's granddaughter, Solange, escaped from the Nazis and settled in the South of France, never to return, or at least never to come back to clear the apartment after her father's death in 1966. The rent and expenses were paid regularly until her death in June 2010 at the age of 91. As a result, everything the apartment contained, including many paintings, furniture and all the usual elements of early 20th-century life remained intact for several decades. One of those paintings was this exquisite portrait. 👨🎨 Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931) was an Italian genre and portrait painter who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career, harvesting great recognition for his fashion-like portraits. He was known as the “Master of Swish” because of his flowing style of painting. Although he was the son of a traditional painter of religious subjects, he is very celebrated for his spontaneous style. He met the Macchiaioli in Florence, from whom he absorbed a strong influence. He moved to London and attained great success as a portraitist. From 1872 he lived in Paris, where he befriended Degas and became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris in the late 19th century. He was awarded several top distinctions and exhibited in the world’s most reputable art sites. Most of his paintings have remained in private collections. 📐 Oil on canvas, circa 1900. What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!