Return of the Fishing Boats, Étretat, 1879
Oil on panel
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Once called “the master of swish” for his expressive, brushstroke-filled style, Giovanni Boldini was an Italian genre painter who achieved critical success as a portraitist. His style blends realism with influence from I Macchiaioli, a group of Italian painters whose sketchy tonal paintings predate Impressionism. Return of the Fishing Boats, together with other paintings by Boldini, is now on view at Stone Hill Center as part of Land, Sea, and Sky: The Natural World in Art 1600–1900.