Blond lady in evening gown

Giovanni BoldiniXIX sec., fine

Collezione Fondazione Cariparma

Collezione Fondazione Cariparma
Parma, Italy

The large pastel portrays a young woman wrapped in an elegant gray evening dress: her skirt is rendered immaterial by the whirlwind of darting lines.The simple and refined "outfit" is completed by a pair of long gray gloves and a large fan of ostrich feathers. The generous neckline on the back, underlined by the drop of the negligently displayed right shoulder strap, enhances the diaphanous and slender flesh of the lady, whose shoulder blades are highlighted by a subtle play of shadows. The background, painted wityh very rapid brushstrokes, is neutral in color and recalls the coppery shade of the hairstyle, which in turn enhances the accentuated profile of the lady's nose, thus characterized by a touch of aristocratic vanity.


  • Title: Blond lady in evening gown
  • Creator: Giovanni Boldini
  • Date Created: XIX sec., fine
  • Physical Dimensions: mm 2200 x 1500
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: Fondazione Cariparma
  • Medium: Pastel on paper

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