Giovanni Boldini, Mademoiselle De Nemidoff, 1908

Until the 24th of July – Villa Olmo – Como  – MAP

In the series of Italian exhibitions aimed at high attendance, the Villa Olmo is a newcomer who has made itself a name with offers that are not very daring but are prepared with great professionalism. On the shores of lake Como, two steps from Villa d’Este, one of the most famous palaces in Europe, and after Magritte, Klimt and Miro, the Villa presents Boldini. A painter of society at the end of the XIXth century, an Italian successfully transplanted in Paris, Boldini is back in fashion in the art market: recently he signed a spectacular sale (5.8 million $ on 4 November 2010 at Sotheby’s for Portrait of Giovinetta Errazurriz). His large works of aristocrats in evening clothes were the major figures of Europe at the eve of World War I. The beautiful Singer, Demidoff and Concha de Ossa ladies are in some ways the portrait of a careless civilization in front of the abyss. Boldini’s work hid the work done in parallel by other Italian painters, shown here purposely. While there was a retrospective of Giuseppe de Nittis’s work just recently at the Petit Palais in Paris, Vittorio Corcos and Federico Zandomeneghi still lack «visibility» outside of the peninsula.

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