Giovanni Boldini (December 31, 1842 – July 11, 1931) was a masterful Italian painter who is known mostly for his stunning and elegant portraits.
He painted with a beautifully fluid style and amazing use of color to render form in his paintings. In fact, a Time magazine referred to him as the “Master of Swish” in 1933 due to his flowing style. His style appears to be similar to that of John Singer Sargent.
Much like Sargent, Boldini’s portrait paintings have a beautiful realism yet a painterly quality. Up close, you can see all his strokes of color and nothing appears overdone.
Below are some of Boldini’s portraits. Observe his use of color in the paintings and the overall color harmonies. In many of his portraits, he used small bursts of vibrant color amongst areas of grays and browns to stunning effect. Also, take note of how well Boldini balanced the color temperature in the paintings.
Whilst Boldini is known for his portraits, I find his paintings of other genres to be equally stunning.
You can see more of Giovanni Boldini’s paintings here.
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10 comments on “Stunning Portraits by the Italian Master, Giovanni Boldini”
Beautiful thanks dan????????
No problem Rawan 🙂
Thank you so much for telling about this wonderful artist! What a glorious use of colour
No problem Gwen 🙂
I only just became aware of this amazing artist recently. The use of color is inspiring.
Beautiful Pictures. I love these exampels you deliver to us. Thank you so much.Viveca
No problem Viveca 🙂 Glad you enjoy them.
I feel like I’ve been living in a cave. I’ve never seen these works and I’m completely blown away. the detail, the light, the “swish.” absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for giving me this.
Don’t worry I only just recently found out about this artist too 🙂
Really liked the portraits and the flowers. His use of colors is beautiful..Thank you for sharing.
No problem Robin!