Perdu dans la Poésie


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'Perdu dans la Poésie’ by Alfred Stevens (1823-1906)

The painting - which depicts a young Parisian society beauty reading beside an open window – is signed by the artist and presented in a fine quality gold leaf frame.

  • A detailed look of the life and career of Alfred Stevens is now available at the News & Articles page of the Academy Fine Paintings website.

Alfred Emile Léopold Stevens was one of the most famous and successful artists in Europe throughout the second half of the 19th century. His skill as a draftsman was complimented by a gift for characterization most notably when portraying women, and he was not simply an observer but a lover of women who possessed the empathy and perception to capture them as they wished to be seen.

During his long and illustrious career Alfred Stevens exhibited at all the major European venues and was elected a member of the Royal Academy of both Belgium and Madrid, a Commander of the Légion d'Honneur, and Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold. In 1900, aged seventy-seven, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris held a retrospective exhibition of more than two hundred of his paintings; the first time such an honour had been afforded to a living artist.

Academy Fine Paintings only offers artwork for sale in the finest condition it can be for its age, having been professionally cleaned, conserved, and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Dimensions: (framed) 98cm x 78.5cm (38½” x 31”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 76cm x 55.5cm (30” x 22”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: 1979; London 9th May 1979, sold £7,700 (£30,000). 2009; Boisgirard, Nice, Cote d’Azur. 2020; Dorotheum, Vienna. Private Italian collection.

Presentation: Fine quality gold leaf frame.

Condition: Very good. Professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.



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