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Giovanni Boldini

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  • Giovanni Boldini
  • Summer Meadow
  • oil on panel


Purchased by the father of the present owner in the 1980s; thence by descent


Pistoia, Convento di San Domenico, Giovanni Boldini, 1984, no. 29, illustrated in the catalogue


Enrico Piceni, Boldini, l'uomo e l'opera, Busto Arsizio, 1981, fig. 14, catalogued & illustrated
Catalogo della pittura italiana dell'800, no. XII, Milan, 1985, p. 115
Piero Dini & Francesca Dini, Giovanni Boldini 1842-1931, catalogo ragionato, vol. III, tomo I, Turin, 2002, p. 101-02, no. 164, catalogued & illustrated (as Paesaggio francese and dated circa 1873-74)
Tiziano Panconi, Giovanni Boldini, l'opera completa, Florence, 2002, p. 177, catalogued & illustrated (dated circa 1876)

Catalogue Note

Throughout the 1870s Boldini spent time in the French countryside, painting en plein air in the company of Berthe, his favourite model and lover for over ten years and quite possibly the ephemeral figure with the red parasol seen in the picture. The striking similarity between the present work and Highway of Combes-la-Ville, painted in 1873 (fig. 1) suggest that this work might depict the same village on the outskirts of Paris, where Boldini and his friend and fellow artist Telemaco Signorini painted together that year.