Alfred Emile Stevens (1823-1906)

Belgian

The works of genre and portrait painter Alfred Emile Léopold Stevens (not to be confused with English sculptor Alfred Stevens) are well represented throughout public museums and private collections. Most often his paintings feature women of society, their Parisian homes, or marine coastal scenes.

The elegance of the belle epoche inspired some of his most inspirational work, carrying the lightheartedness of life's enjoyment to the lasting permanence of his canvases. A person so immortalized would likely be a more direct patron of the artist, after all. He painted his idyllic coastal scenes for an appreciative international market.

Stevens studied alongside of Manet and Degas, and actually had a violent rivalry with artist Georges Seurat from 1883-1885. His style evolved from figurative towards a tight impressionism and even some pointillism works. He also authored the book "Impressions sur la Peinture" which he dedicated to jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and established his own school of art in Paris in 1900 to great success.