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Playing with the Puppy

The Belgian-born Stevens studied in Paris in the 1840s and remained in the city, becoming known for his detailed depictions of fashionable bourgeois women in domestic interiors. This painting, with its precise rendering of dress fabric, carpet, polished furniture, and framed prints, evokes the style of northern European portraiture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when artists strove to portray their sitters in illusionistic settings that reflected their social station and prosperity.

Alfred Stevens
Belgian (active in France), 1823-1906
Playing with the Puppy
ca. 1862
Oil on panel
19 7/8 x 15 ΒΌ in. (50.5 x 38.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.20