Sketch of a woman with hat

by Giovanni Boldini

£29,500

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.75 x 13.75 inches (50 x 35 cm)
SIGNATURE: Ink Stamp lower right. Additional charcoal sketch and inscription on verso ‘No 53 Atelier Boldini’ with Dovane Centrale stamp
MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper

This watercolour is typical of his tendency to depict – with fast impulsive brushstrokes – aristocratic sitters. Here, Boldini has chosen to use a subdued colour palette with infuses the work with modernity. The soft colours fill the work with femininity and intimacy while the sweeping lines of her form give a real sense of movement. It appears that Boldini has captured his sitter in a fleeting moment as she glides around Paris’ boulevards.

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This watercolour is typical of his tendency to depict – with fast impulsive brushstrokes – aristocratic sitters. Here, Boldini has chosen to use a subdued colour palette with infuses the work with modernity. The soft colours fill the work with femininity and intimacy while the sweeping lines of her form give a real sense of movement. It appears that Boldini has captured his sitter in a fleeting moment as she glides around Paris’ boulevards.

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Private Collection, United States

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Although born in Ferrara, Giovanni Boldini spent the early years of his career learning from Renaissance Masters such as the Doso Dossi and Cosme Tura. However, in 1871 he decided to move to Paris and became one of the most sought-after artists of Parisian art dealer, Adolphe Guopil’s Group.
The Group were celebrated for their extraordinary skill in depicting the romanticised and elegant scenes of Parisian life. Within a few years Boldini had risen to a position of prominence in Parisian art circles. He befriended other society portrait painters such as Paul-César Helleu, John Singer Sargent and James A. McNeill Whistler, and became a close friend of Edgar Degas, who is said to have once told the artist, “Vous êtes un monstre de talent!”.
The manner in which Boldini painted his sitters of the Belle Epoque, with such freshness and vivacity, brought the artist great success and popularity. It was in this final artistic stretch that Boldini created, ‘Sketch of a woman with a hat” which was painted in early 1900, during a time period when depicting women in fashionable walking attire was a recurring subject for Boldini.

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