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Giovanni Boldini
Italian, 1842–1931
Crossing the Street
1875
Oil on panel
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1925
1955.650

  "It is a simply beautiful picture, focusing on a gorgeous young woman dressed in blue, the dominating color of the picture. It is full of interest, whimsy, character, intrigue, and unanswered questions, which is why I adore it. . . . The young woman is crossing the busy Paris street, coming toward us. She holds a stunning pink bouquet in one hand and lifts her skirts from the road with the other. A little dog with a collar walks near her. Is it hers? . . . Driving by in a carriage, a "Gable"-esque looking man ogles the young woman. . . . Gorgeous young beauty is crossing the street, her feet are coming toward us. But her upper body and face are slightly turned toward the carriage and the rouĂ©. She's aware of him; her face has a quizzical look. Is there a future story here?"

Deborah Mitrani
Retired
Ancramdale, New York
Member since 1984



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