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Portrait of Rita de Acosta Lydig by Giovanni Boldini

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Giovanni Boldini

1842-1931 | Italian

Ritratto di Rita de Acosta Lydig (The Rothschild Boldini)

Signed and dated "Boldini 1911" (lower right)

Oil on canvas

Among the most sought after portraitists of his day with a distinctive, instantly recognizable style, Giovanni Boldini captures here the likeness of the socialite popularly regarded as "the most picturesque woman in America," Rita de Acosta Lydig. Boldini, the artist of choice among American high society, perfectly expresses the energy and high fashion of his sitter through his flamboyant style. One of the few finished, full-length portraits from this extraordinary artist's oeuvre, this portrait, known as the Rothschild Boldini, is counted among his greatest masterpieces.

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