Alfred STEVENS (Belgian, 1823-1906) ✿

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) was a Belgian painter. He was trained by François-Joseph Navez, a disciple of Jacques-Louis David. For a time, his historical themes and his taste for oriental kitsch made him an academic painter.

From 1860, he changed the subject and he enjoyed enormous success thanks to his paintings of young women dressed in the latest fashion posing in elegant interiors: his bourgeois interior scenes brought him closer to Henri Gervex.
He is nicknamed the French "Gerard Terborch" for his talent in rendering details and sumptuous fabrics. He made a triumph at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867 where he received the Legion of Honor.
He was a close friend of Manet, to whom he introduced the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, and of his circle of relations: Degas, Morisot and Baudelaire. He influences James Whistler with he shares an enthusiasm for Japanese prints. Towards the end of his life, his style was not unlike that of his contemporary John Singer Sargent.

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