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Famous Connoisseur (Fameux Connaisseur)

Artist:
Giovanni Boldini (Italian, Ferrara 1842–1931 Paris)
Date:
1883
Medium:
Crayon and pencil on graph paper.
Dimensions:
6 5/16 x 4 5/16 in. (16 x 11 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.278
Not on view
Boldini experimented with landscape and genre painting, but his greatest talent lay in portraiture. He had well-known clients in Italy, France, and Germany, where he met and painted Adolph Menzel. The inscription indicates that this drawing was made after Boldini relocated to Paris in 1871. The sitter may have been a famous French art critic, perhaps the Parisian Rodolphe Kann, whom Boldini painted in 1902, but it is also possible that the “fameux connaisseur” was a critic visiting from the artist’s native Italy.
Signature: Signed and dated (lower right): Boldini 83

Inscription: Inscribed (upper right): fameux connaisseur
Hôtel Drouot, sale of June 22, 1949, no. 1; Robert Lehman, New York
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