Exhibit image
4 10.0 (2)

The Dispatch-Bearer  1879

by Giovanni Boldini

Boldini made his debut at the Salon of 1879 with this vignette of contemporary urban life. The partially visible inscription of "garde républicaine" on the soldier’s bag indicates that he is delivering correspondence on behalf of the Parisian municipal guard. He has arrived so early that the concierge is still washing the sidewalk; a couple bids a discreet adieu at right. ...
16 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (42.5 x 34.3 cm)
Oil on wood
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art