In the Theatre of the Belle Epoque. Boldini at the Petit Palais

In the Theatre of the Belle Epoque. Boldini at the Petit Palais
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Sixty years after his last exhibition, the brilliant painter Giovanni Boldini returns to Paris, theatre to many of his paintings and of his consecration as an artist. At the Petit Palais, 150 works illustrate his long career and re-animate the atmospheres of a distant time, that of the Belle Époque which the painter from Ferrara acutely observed and brought to the canvas, embellishing it with further charm. Close to Edgar Degas and Marcel Proust, frequently on hand in the salons of high society, Boldini soon became the favourite portraitist of the wealthiest clients of the continent. Princesses, upper class ladies and rich heirs were all ready to do anything to land in a painting by the talented “Italian in Paris”. He repaid this by transforming them with luminous brushstrokes, dressed in their finest, but, above all, he made room in his paintings for a dynamic palette of emotions. At the Petit Palais, a large number of portraits can be seen but also moments of urban life captured in the town squares, at the theatre or in the cafés, flashes from this unforgettable journey at the sunrise of modernity. Artists and writers, models and lovers, luxuries, the avant-garde and stardom show up again and again in oil paintings and stunning pastels, along this itinerary which covers Bolidini’s entire career. Not to be missed, in the world’s fashion capital, is the attention that his paintings reserve for the clothing of models and passersby, protagonists of a precious encyclopaedia of garb, with dazzling silks and organdie, velvets and taffeta.
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris