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Historical Artist - Giovanni Boldini (1842 - 1931)

Giovanni Boldini was an Italian portrait painter, known mostly for his paintings of women. Although he was internationally recognized, he settled in Paris in 1871. He and Antonio Mancini were the best-known Italian painters at the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to portraiture, Boldini also created scenes of Parisian city life. Although there is a museum in his honor in his hometown of Ferrara, his work lost its appeal after his death in 1931. He attained great success in London as a portraitist. He also became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris in the late 19th century, with a dashing style of painting which shows some Impressionist influence but which most closely resembles the work of his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. He was nominated commissioner of the Italian section of the Paris Exposition in 1889, and received the Légion d'honneur for this appointment. He died in Paris in 1931.

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