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Patrick Mauries. With an introduction by Alessandra Borgogelli. Milan. Franco Maria Ricci. 1989. First French language edition. Limited to 5,000 copies, this being number 372. First published in Italian in 1987. Black silk-covered boards, with gilt embossed text and mounted illustrated to front board; housed in black cloth clam-shell box with black paper decoration. Many tipped-in colour plates. 370 x 255mm (14½ x 10"). 1.85kg. 8821620360. French. Fine.A beautifully produced book on the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931). Boldini lived in Paris for much of his long life and became one of the most important society portraitists of the late nineteenth century. His loose brushwork and impressionistic capturing of his sitters epitomise the artistic style of the Belle Epoque. Mauries' text and the stunning illustrations provide an in-depth look at all aspects of Boldini's life and career. Part of the Franco Maria Ricci series of art publications with the custom silk binding, tipped in illustrations and black clam-shell box.