Detail of an Alfred Stevens (Belgian: 11 May 1823-24 Aug 1906) painting. Born in Brussels, Stevens came from a family involved with the visual arts: his older brother Joseph (1816–1892) and his son Léopold (1866–1935) were painters, while another brother Arthur (1825–99) was an art dealer and critic. His father, who had fought in the Napoleonic wars in the army of William I of the Netherlands, was an art collector.
ALFRED STEVENS (BELGIAN, 1823 - 1906) UN SOIR À LA MER signed AStevens (lower right) oil on panel, 64.7 x 45 cm
AFTER THE BALL - Alfred Stevens, 1874. This painting, also known as "Confidence," is one of several by Stevens to treat the theme of consolation. As in his other works from the 1870s, here the anecdotal content of a letter containing distressing news asserts itself in a glimpse of the life of fashionable Parisian women in their elegant interiors.