Portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel by Giovanni Boldini
Portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel by Giovanni Boldini

Elizabeth Wharton Drexel

Portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel c1905 by Italian Painter Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931); an Italian genre and portrait painter who was known as the Master of Swish, due to the flowing brush strokes of his painting style.

This is an elegant portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel (1868 – 1944), who was an American socialite and author of two books “King Lehr” and the Gilded Age (1935) and Turn of the World (1937).

She is seen her wearing a vibrant orange silk dress with large white, gold and blue accents along the lower parts of the dress; while the top portion consist of an abstract pattern.

She is wearing arms length white evening glove and is standing by a chair while she holds her little black dog with her right hand near her waist.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Boldini was born in Ferrara, Italy on December 31, 1842, to the son of a painter of religious subject matter. In 1862 at the age of 20, he went to Florence for six years to study and pursue painting.

He only infrequently attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, but in Florence, met other realist painters known as the Macchiaioli, who were Italian precursors to Impressionism.

Their influence is seen in Boldini’s landscapes which show his spontaneous response to nature, although it is for his portraits that he became best known

Moving to London, Boldini attained success as a portraitist. He completed portraits of premier members of society including Lady Holland and the Duchess of Westminster.

In 1872 he moved to Paris, where he met and became friends with Edgar Degas. During the late 19th century he became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris, with a dashing style of painting that highlights some of the Macchiaioli influence and a brio reminiscent of the work of younger artists, such as John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu.

In 1889, he was nominated commissioner of the Italian section of the Paris Exposition, and received the Légion d’honneur for this appointment. In 1897 he had a solo exhibition in New York City; and he also participated in the Venice Biennale in 1895, 1903, 1905, and 1912.

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