In the Garden

about 1875, Giovanni Boldini

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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The distant row of rooftops suggests that this small garden may be on the outskirts of Montmartre, where Boldini lived for several years. The garden has attracted a visitor; with a few brushstrokes the artist suggests the presence of a woman, dressed in black and wearing a hat, sitting by a flower bed and turning her head to examine a bloom.

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