The Couple (1905)
Here is a splendidly passionate confection by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931). It is easy to see, from this animated composition, why Boldini was known as the "Master of Swirl", as the naked girl arches her body into that of the fully dressed man for a kiss. A really lovely painting, this, full of motion and sensuality. We will present some more Boldini nudes on Venus Observations later in the week.