Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906): Blue Ribbon, c. 1875, oil on

Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906): Blue Ribbon, c. 1875, oil on

11/3/2021, 5:00:40 PM
Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906): Blue Ribbon, c. 1875, oil on panel, 77 x 55 cm, Private collection Alfred Stevens and Édouard Manet had formed a close friendship in Paris and often played dominoes in the Café Riche on the Boulevard des Italiens. Stevens' admiration for Manet was reciprocated by the Frenchman who once remarked, "Yesterday I saw at Hoschede's a superb Stevens, please pass on to him my sincere compliments." Similarly to Manet's paintings of Parisians, Stevens' depictions of elegantly dressed ladies in fashionable attire were a record of his times. In fact, the composition of a woman gazing directly at the viewer in his 'Blue Ribbon' recalls such works as Manet's 'Le Balcon' of 1868 - 69. The composition of the work is very well organized, but deceptively complex. Each element hangs in a calculated balance of line, texture and color. The black intersecting lines of the balustrade and the shaded interior of the window frame and interior wall, create a bold device that effectively highlights the still life of flowers, hat and parasol, and serve to isolate the face of the subject herself. She is placed in harmony with the natural environment behind her, and one may very well imagine that the beautiful flowers were recently picked from the garden beyond. (sothebys)

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