Crossing the Street

Boldini’s view of a busy street captures the rapid pace of city life in Paris. As figures hurry along in different directions, an elegantly dressed—and unaccompanied—woman crosses the cobbled street, attracting the attention of a man in a carriage. In her haste, she has raised her skirt and exposed her petticoat, adding to her allure. The painting is dated twice, perhaps indicating that the artist finished or reworked it two years after he began.


[Alexis Febvre, Paris, in 1876]; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 31 December 1925]; Robert Sterling Clark (1925–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Giovanni Boldini

Italian, 1842–1931

Crossing the Street


Oil on panel

18 3/16 x 14 7/8 in. (46.2 x 37.8 cm) Frame: 24 1/8 x 20 7/8 in. (61.3 x 53 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1925