GIOVANNI BOLDINI (1842-1931)
Whistler asleep

Whistler asleep
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GIOVANNI BOLDINI (1842-1931)
Whistler asleep

1897 Produced in Paris
POA
Signed/InscribedSigned in pencil. Height197.00 mm
7.76 inches
Width295.00 mm
11.61 inches
The widowed Whistler, aged sixty-three.

Boldini had settled in Paris in 1871.
As well as painting the fashionable haut-monde, Boldini made portraits of several fellow artists, including Helleu and Menzel as well as Whistler, whom he also painted at the same date seated upright on a chair, awake, as well as capturing him asleep on a sofa in drypoint.
Boldini only took up etching in middle life and did not publish any of his plates, printing only a few proofs. After his death his widow employed Eugene Delatre to print small editions before cancelling the plates.

James McNeill Whistler and his wife Beatrice settled in Paris in 1890, moving to the rue de Bac in 1892, their home for the following three years till Beatrice became terminally ill. She died in 1896.
At their famous Sunday lunches, the Whistlers entertained artists from all round the world.

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