Ph.: Boldini in the Impressionist ParisUntil January 10, 2010 the great exhibition “Boldini nella Parigi degli Impressionisti” (Boldini in the Impressionist Paris) runs in Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara: Boldini eventually became hugely popular in turn-of-the-century Paris, capturing the lifestyle and faces of the era’s fashionable celebrities and, although he was born in Ferrara, he spent most of his adult life in the French capital, where he settled at the age of 30.
At least this eastern Italian town has opened its doors to a local native boy, Giovanni Boldini, (1842-1931), with this new exhibition exploring also his early years, as later on he made big paintings, flashy portraits of high-society Paris: this exhibit, in fact, looks back at the first 15 years of his art career, covering the period from1871 to 1886 and showing, in around 90 paintings, the talents of an artist, fascinated by a range of styles and subjects.

”The exhibition deals with a limited but strategic period, which links his beginnings in the Florentine Macchiaiolo school with his later years of maturity. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the exhibition also offers a section on a kind of running ”diary” of sketches and paintings by Boldini that recorded his life and work” said Ferrara Culture Director Andrea Buzzoni.
“Boldini nella Parigi degli Impressionisti” opens with some of his oldest works, including early masterpieces produced in Florence, such as his Portrait of Lilia Monti, that shows early signs of the compositional expressiveness, that would later become the hallmark of Boldini’s style, such as a dangling red ribbon in the subject’s hair.

‘The smaller works are carried out with an extraordinary attention to detail and feature an essentially imaginary content” the curator and art historian Sara Lees said about the delicious series of small-scale paintings, inspired by Romantic art concepts of Spanish bullfighters and 18th-century gallantry.

The exhibition then goes on to consider Boldini’s time in France, with a series of cityscapes spotlighting his interpretation of modern life: like his close friend Edgar Degas, Boldini spent a great deal of time frequenting the Parisian world of theatres and cafes, where dancers, Unlike the vardenafil vs viagra previous variants of pumps, the new designs are pretty easy to use and safe. Then high blood glucose is decreased cipla sildenafil by Stem Cell Transplant, it is high time for Stem Cell repaired damaged kidney and kidney function. Acai berries truly have the highest antioxidant capacity) including beta-carotene (a better source than carrots and) and cheapest cialis canada zeaxanthin with remarkable role in increasing visual acuity and ability to accommodate the lumina.Fructele of Goji contain more carotenoids than any other food. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you cheap viagra overnight have read herein. singers, musicians, audiences and conductors all provided fuel for his work, but he painted also crowded streets and squares filled with people, carriages and horse-drawn buses, demonstrating an incredible attention to detail and a gritty realism, unfamiliar to fans of the artist’s later works, with their sweeping brushstrokes and gloss of brilliance and beauty.
Beyond Paris and its people, in Boldini’s work of this era appears also the French countryside, further along the River Seine or by the coast, as he spent sometime outside the city and all these outdoor works won recognition for their crystalline light and minute attention to colour and detail, featuring a great variety of landscapes and peoples,
subjects that attracted the attention of Parisian high society.

He started out with small-scale works, concentrating on scenes of city life, but rose to prominence, painting society portraits and for this reason another section brings together his intimate paintings of women at home, while a third maps out developments in his portraiture that laid the groundwork for his later, more famous pieces: as his popularity spread, Boldini found his services in request across Europe and as far as America, where his attention to detail and brilliant use of colour won him a great success.
Soon after Ferrara “Boldini nella Parigi degli Impressionisti” (Boldini in the Impressionist Paris) will travel to the United States, for a two months period of time at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Boldini nella Parigi degli Impressionisti (Boldini in the Impressionist Paris)

Until January 10th, 2010

Palazzo dei Diamanti – Ferrara – tel. 0532-244949 – fax 0532 – 203064- e-mail:

Opened daily from 9.00 to 19.00 – also opened on December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th

Prices : € 10,00 – € 8,00