Giovanni Boldini, Lady in a yellow hat with her dog, Marchesa Luisa Casati, 1931.
Oil on canvas,
65.7 by 53.9 cm.
The composition is dynamic and deceptively complex. The figure, placed on the right side of the canvas and looking out of the picture plane, is anchored by the expressive face of her dog who is making direct contact with the viewer. The black orb of her dress is balanced by the vertical stripe running the height of the left side. Boldini is well-known for his idiosyncratic brushwork, the master of “swish”, and he uses it here to activate the scene and create movement through the planes of chromatic greys and mauves.
Please note: We would like to thank Scot D. Ryersson & Michael Orlando Yaccarino of The Casati Archives for kindly confirming the identity of the sitter as Marchesa Luisa Casati and providing additional catalogue information.