Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931): Portrait of a Dandy (formerly

Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931): Portrait of a Dandy (formerly

5/22/2021, 11:46:18 AM
Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931): Portrait of a Dandy (formerly Portrait of Toulouse -Lautrec), 1880-1890, Pastel on paper, 62.9 x 41cm (25 x 16-1/4 in.), Norton Simon Museum With details such as the razor-sharp, starched collar and cuffs, the sheen of a cornflower satin tie, the supple leather of maize kid gloves and the reflective pince-nez, through which the sitter averts his eyes and turns his nose up at the viewer, Boldini shows that he has clearly mastered the medium. His enduring friendship with Edgar Degas may have inspired the use of pastel to capture this archetypal dandy—once thought to be fellow painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Regardless of the identity of the sitter, the image is an exquisite depiction of a late-nineteenth-century upper-class Parisian.

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