Born in 1842 in Ferrarre, a town in northern Italy, Boldini settled definitively in Paris from 1871, where he quickly became a fashionable portraitist and one of the great witnesses of the frenzy of the modern city, with its streets, cafés and balls, then in full expansion.
Boldini represents here the Folies-Bergère, an establishment of music-hall and high place of the Parisian night (the place was then famous for its gallant meetings). The vigorous and dynamic brushstrokes, the liveliness of the red, restore the spirit of celebration and freedom of the place, taking away guests and dancers in an energetic composition.
Diameter 1.7 cm
Origin: Oil on canvas " Feast scene ", around 1889
Museum: Paris - Orsay Museum
Materials: Golden pewter, Strass
Artist: Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)