In 1867 Boldini went to Paris and then on to London where he became acquainted with the work of Courbet and met Manet, Degas and Sisley. In 1871 settled in Paris, the city that was to become his second home for sixty years and where he became established as one of the major portrait artists of his time. In the French capital Boldini achieved great fame ad and fortune and had a social life that was often to be the subject of this works: theatre, horses, crowds moving around the great city, portraits of high-class ladies and gentlemen immortalised with fast brushstrokes to represent the dynamism of the fleeting moment. He created a female ideal, producing images of a highly refined and sensual beauty to which many of his clients were only too happy to adapt. His fame as a Belle Époque portraitist masked his creative genius as an artist for some time, but recently critics have given him credit for the complexity of authentic aspects and deep sentiments in his work that belong to more modern artistic content.