Friday, October 22, 2010

Sleeping Beauty in Paris in 9th arrondissement

How we all love a story like this! An exquisite apartment in Paris locked for over 70 years very neglected --sleeping under dust, grime and cobwebs. When the owner died at age 91 in 2010( she never returned from the South of France after the war) the apartment was entered and many treasures awaited within.

The most stunning this painting of Marthe de Florian painted in 1898 by Giovanni Boldini (who was one of her many admirers) and a lost love note found in the apartment sealed the authentication of the painting as a Boldini and it sold at auction for 2.1 million Euros. The owner of the apartment was the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian.

The work is one of passion as well as beauty an homage to the woman he loved. Ah isn't that how fairy tales should end?

Have a PINK day!

1 comment:

  1. Can you believe how beauiful that painting is? I love the movement that Boldini seems to get into the fabrics of his ladies dresses! There is a lovely one of his paintings at the Biltmore house of Mrs. V. Have you seen it? I know you are not too far from Asheville like me (Greenville, SC).
    --Lee Ann


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