Alfred Stevens (1823–1906): In Studio, 1888, Oil on canvas

7/8/2021, 1:10:35 PM
Alfred Stevens (1823–1906): In Studio, 1888, Oil on canvas, 42 x 53 1/2 in. (106.7 x 135.9 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York . . By the time Belgian artist Alfred Stevens exhibited this painting at the Salon of 1892, his status as the consummate painter of chic, Parisian femininity was well-established. An artist and her model, in this work, take a break from a painting session to welcome a visitor to the studio—another woman, dressed in street clothes. On the easel is Stevens’s Salomé (1888; Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels), a freely interpreted version of the painting by Henri Regnault that was the sensation of the 1870 Salon (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Although the painter in the work is a woman, the setting is thought to be Stevens’s own studio, which was admired for its stylish arrangement of his collections of exotic and luxurious objects. With the open portfolio, pictures-within-the-picture, and mirror (reflecting a mundane coal stove), this work of 1888 presents an elaborate play on the relationship between art and reality. 👉👉swipe to see the closeups 👈👈

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