Painters Paintings Alfred Stevens (1823 – 1906): Blue Ribbon, c. 1875, oil on panel, 77 x 55 cm, Pr…
Painters Work Alfred Stevens (1823 – 1906): Blue Ribbon, c. 1875, oil on panel, 77 x 55 cm, Non-public assortment
Alfred Stevens and Édouard Manet had shaped an in depth friendship in Paris and infrequently performed dominoes within the Café Riche on the Boulevard des Italiens. Stevens’ admiration for Manet was reciprocated by the Frenchman who as soon as remarked, “Yesterday I noticed at Hoschede’s an excellent Stevens, please go on to him my honest compliments.” Equally to Manet’s work of Parisians, Stevens’ depictions of elegantly dressed women in modern apparel had been a report of his occasions. In actual fact, the composition of a lady gazing instantly on the viewer in his ‘Blue Ribbon’ remembers such works as Manet’s ‘Le Balcon’ of 1868 – 69.
The composition of the work may be very properly organized, however deceptively complicated. Every ingredient hangs in a calculated steadiness of line, texture and coloration. The black intersecting strains of the balustrade and the shaded inside of the window body and inside wall, create a daring machine that successfully highlights the nonetheless lifetime of flowers, hat and parasol, and serve to isolate the face of the topic herself. She is positioned in concord with the pure surroundings behind her, and one might very properly think about that the attractive flowers had been just lately picked from the backyard past. (sothebys)