GIOVANNI BOLDINI (Ferrara 1842-1931 Paris)
Head of a woman wearing a hat
signed ‘Boldini’ (lower right)
black chalk on silk mounted on card
678 x 858 in. (17.5 x 22 cm)
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Lot Essay

This spontaneous sketch of a woman is rapidly drawn on silk jacquard, perhaps extemporaneously created on a napkin or tablecloth. Another drawing on a similar support is the Portrait of a sleeping man, tentatively identified as a portrait of the composer Giacomo Puccini, in a private collection in Rome (Un angolo di Art Nouveau a Roma, exhib. cat., Rome, Spazio espostivio Tritone, no. 10, ill.).

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