Boldini: The Spectacle of Modernity
Forlì, Museums of San Domenico from 1 February to 14 June 2015
After the exhibit in 2012 dedicated to Wildt (who will be the protagonist in 2015 of an exhibition realised by the Musée d’Orsay at the Orangerie in Paris, in collaboration with the Municipality of Forlì and the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì), and the two subsequent ones on the Twentieth Century and the Liberty style, the Fondazione and the Museums of San Domenico of Forlì continue in the exploration by means of new studies and the rediscovery, through lesser known works, of the figurative culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, proposing for the season of art shows of 2015 an in-depth revisiting of the work of Giovanni Boldini, certainly the greatest and most prolific of all the Italian artists resident in Paris. It is in this ideal space of relationship between Forlì and Paris that the show places itself.
One of the stronger points – if not the strongest – of this exhibit will be the retrospective on the early works of Boldini, in the period from 1864 to 1870. He spent those years mainly in Florence, in close contact with the Macchiaioli painters. In the section dedicated to them, besides Tuscan landscapes and country life scenes that give a wider view on the production of Boldini as a Macchiaiolo, a masterpiece by the macchiaiolo painter Telemaco Signorini can be admired: “Non potendo aspettare, la lettera”, (Unable to Wait – The Letter) which belongs to the art collection of Fondazione Cariplo.