Books and Art
L'Absence. Alfred Stevens (1823-1906). Stevens was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts. Early painting shows his mastery of a conventional naturalistic style which owes much to 17th-century Dutch genre painting. He introduced subjects from “la vie moderne” for which he became known: an elegant young woman in contemporary dress and the artist in his studio. Later seascapes were painted in a sketchy style that shows the influence of the Impressionists.