Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

1823 - 1906

Biography

Alfred Stevens was the brother of Joseph Stevens. He studied with Navez in Brussels and C. Roqueplan in Paris. His first paintings date from 1848. He spent most of his career in Paris, and exhibited regularly in Paris and Brussels. He was essentially a painter of women, most particularly Parisian women from the time of the Second Empire. Two of his paintings were to be seen in the former Musée du Luxembourg, when an exhibition of paintings by Belgian artists was held during World War I. His draughtsmanship is very accurate, his painting clear and luminous, with the paint quite thickly applied. In 1890, he became a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and continued exhibiting there regularly. At the time of the 1889 Exposition Universelle, he collaborated with Gervex on a Panorama of the History of the Century, made up of a large number of full-length portraits. In 1886, he published a work entitled Impressions of Painting ( Impressions sur la Peinture), which was translated into several different languages.

Alfred Stevens reacted against the misunderstood grandiloquence inherited from the Romantics and abandoned subjects he had painted at the start of his career, such as A Soldier Pining for his Homeland. He was a friend of Manet, but also a representative of realism, seen from the worldly angle of one who was familiar with the empress’s court. He expressed the modern aspects of his time and was also one of the first connoisseurs of ‘japonaiserie’. Though he was a friend of the Impressionists, particularly of Manet and Berthe Morisot, he himself cannot really be considered as an Impressionist. Bazille and Manet met at his house and he kept paintings by Manet in his studio in the hope of selling them. It was in his studio that Durand-Ruel saw the first two Manet paintings he bought in 1872.

Stevens was a corresponding member of the royal academies of Belgium and Madrid. In addition to the awards he received at the Salons, he won a large number of medals at the Expositions Universelles, including the Grand Prix in Paris in 1889 and 1900. He was made a Commander of the Légion d’Honneur and a Grand Officer of the Ordre de Léopold II.

Solo Exhibitions

2090, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels (retrospective)

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Antwerp: Woman in Despair; A Parisian Sphinx; Authorised Begging

Boston: The Attentive Listener

Brussels: Lady in Pink; Ladybird; Salome; Widow and her Children; The Road from Cap St-Martin to Menton; The Studio of Alfred de Knyff; The Studio; Autumn Flowers; Bunch of Flowers with Fallen Petals; Seascape; Female Figure; Every Happiness

Dallas (MA): The Visit (before 1869, oil on canvas)

London (NG): The Present (1866-1871, oil on canvas, on loan to the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, since 1979); Storm at Honfleur (1890-1891, oil on canvas)

Munich: In the Boudoir

Nancy: Waiting

Nantes: Seascape

New York (Metropolitan Mus. of Art): The Japanese Robe

Ostend (Mus. voor Schone Kunsten)

Pontoise: a pastel

Winchester: Mother

 

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Changing Weather Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
Oil on panel

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Effet de lune au bord de la mer Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

1880
Oil on panel

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Effet de lune au bord de la mer by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Elégante au coucher du soleil Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1884
Oil on panel

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Elégante au coucher du soleil by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Elegante Sur La Plage Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1865
Oil on panel

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Elegante Sur La Plage by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Elegantes sur la plage Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
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Figures on the Beach Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
Oil on panel

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Figures on the Beach by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Le Havre Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

1881
Oil on pane

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On The Coast Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
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On The Coast by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens - Sold

On The Coast Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1890
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Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1885
Oil on panel

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Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Royan Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1865
Oil on panel

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Royan by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens - Sold

Steamer at Sundown Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
Oil on panel

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Steamer at Sundown by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens - Sold

Steamer off the Coast – Evening Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1880
Oil on panel

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Steamer off the Coast – Evening by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens - Sold

Steamers off the Coast Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

c. 1870
Oil on panel

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Steamers off the Coast by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

Sur La Plage Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

1895
Oil on panel

£9,950.00

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Sur La Plage by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

The Moon & Stars Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens

1883
Oil on canvas

£3,950.00

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The Moon & Stars by Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens