Giovanni BOLDINI (Ferrara 1842 - Paris 1931)
Landscape with Trees in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris Sold
Watercolour, with some traces of an underdrawing in pencil. Inscribed Boldini at the lower right. 535 x 367 mm. (21 x 14 1/2 in.)ENQUIRE
Although Giovanni Boldini’s reputation as a fashionable portrait painter was well established by the 1880’s, an abiding interest in landscape subjects is evident in his work from the start of his career. Among his earliest paintings were a series of landscape frescoes for the Villa ‘La Falconiera’, near Pistoia, commissioned by the Englishman Sir Walter Falconer and completed in 1870, shortly before the artist moved to Paris. Alongside the interior scenes and portraits for which he was to become best known, Boldini painted a number of landscapes of the countryside around Paris. Indeed, by 1878 one American art critic could write that ‘Boldini’s best work is his landscapes…and in these landscapes the best feature is the delightful and masterly rendering of sunshine and daylight.’ Large-scale landscapes in watercolour by Boldini are a small but choice feature of the artist’s extensive oeuvre as a draughtsman. This and the following watercolour are likely to depict trees in the Bois de Boulogne, a large park on the western edge of Paris, which Boldini used as the setting for one of his finest paintings; the magnificent full-length double portrait A Walk in the Bois de Boulogne, painted in 1909 and today in the collection of the Museo Boldini in Ferrara.