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Two Belle Ēpoque beauties by Alfred Stevens (1823 -1906)


Two Belle Ēpoque beauties by Alfred Stevens (1823 -1906)

As the leading specialists in his work, we are delighted to have recently acquired not one but two paintings by the Belgian, Alfred Stevens – neither of which has been seen in public for over eighty years.

Both pictures are the same size and painted on panel, with distinguished provenance and exhibition histories. Trahie is a relatively early picturedating from the mid-1860s whilst Girl in a kimono was painted in 1876, contrasting sharply in technique and palette from one another. The model for Girl in a kimono, recorded in the artist’s work diaries as ‘Agathe’, features in several of his most famous paintings from 1870 -1884, his ‘power’ years. With her distinctive auburn hair and fair skin, Agathe can be seen in Le Bain (Paris, Musée d’Orsay), Souvenirs et regrets (Williamstown, Massachusetts, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute) Après le bal (New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Méditation (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts) to name a few. These small, intimate single figure subjects are the finest endorsement for Stevens’ status as one of the leading painters of his time, a claim familiar to readers of our Gallery Notes and followers of our numerous Stevens publications and exhibitions. Stevens was strictly a genre painter who did not consider himself a portraitist and made no secret of his real and everlasting preference for women as his sitters. Trahie and Girl in a kimono will be on our stand B17 at MASTERPIECE (26th June – 2nd July).