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    • Christopher Minshall

      Abandoned masterpiece: Marthe de Florian was a 19th century theater actress and socialite, and muse of Giovanni Boldini. He painted her in approximately 1888. The painting sold for 2.1 million euros. - Parisian apartment of Madame de Florian, abandoned as the then-23 year old fled to the Riviera in 1942. She continued to pay the rent until her death at age 91. Only then was her 1942 time capsule discovered, untouched since the day she fled WWII fighting. ~~~ boredlion

    • Joop Eding

      “@hillaryssteps: "Marthe de Florian" : #GiovanniBoldini”

    • CDH

      Parisian Time Capsule ~ After suddenly fleeing to the South of France during WWII, Madame de Florian’s lavish Paris apartment was abandoned and locked up with all of her belongings in it. And there it all stayed, just how she left it, until her death in 2010. The painting is of Madame de Florian’s grandmother Marthe de Florian painted by her lover the artist Giovanni Boldini.

    • Gina Barter

      boldini florian The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon. With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction. What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long. What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery…

    • Adrienne Williams

      Madame DeFlorian

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