Patrick Mauries. With an introduction by Alessandra Borgogelli.
Franco Maria Ricci. Milan. 1989. First French language edition. Limited to 5,000 copies, this being number 219. Hardback, 4to; black silk-bound boards, with colour plate pasted to front board, gilt titles to front and spine, housed in black-cloth clam-shell-box, with black patterned-paper to front and back. 182 pages on blue-grey paper stock. Many tipped-in colour plates. French. 370 x 255mm. 1.85kg. 9788821620362. Very good, in very good box; slight wear to black silk boards and cloth of box.
A finely produced book on the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini. 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.