With more than 150 works, this exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris (29 March–24 July) looks at the career of Giovanni Boldini – the Italian ‘Master of Swish’ who captured Parisian high society with inimitable brio. Born in Ferrara in 1842, Boldini spent much of his life in Paris – and this first major survey of Boldini in France for some 60 years focuses above all on the lavish vision of the Belle Époque that Boldini realised, with paintings such as Party Scene at the Moulin Rouge (c. 1889) neatly capturing the commotion and excitement of the era. The show considers his close friendships with fellow artists such as Edgar Degas, writers such as Marcel Proust and couturiers such as Jacques Doucet, while also providing an insight into the artist’s stylistic range; highlights include his richly colourful and unabashedly brushy Portrait of Miss Bell (1903) and the moodier Promenade in the woods (c. 1909). Find out more from the Petit Palais website.
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