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(b Ferrara, 31 Dec. 1842; d Paris, 11 Jan. 1931). Italian painter, one of the most renowned society portraitists of his day. He was at his best with portraits of glamorous women: Sickert referred to his ‘wriggle-and-chiffon’ style. His vivacious brushwork and gift for making his sitters look graceful and poised recall the work of his even more successful contemporary, John Singer Sargent, and like Sargent he had an international career: he worked mainly in Paris, where he settled in 1871, but he travelled widely.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)