Alfred Emile Léopold Stevens, The Letter
Alfred Emile Léopold Stevens was born in Brussels in 1823, but he worked in Paris, where he moved in 1844 with the aim of building his career as a painter. He did paintings whose characters were members of the lower social classes.
In 1855 during the Universal Exposition, Napoleon III noticed one of his paintings, and that event gave impulse to Stevens’ career. He achieved a great success in 1867 during the Expo held in Paris: he was awarded the Legion of Honour.
Stevens worked at the court of Napoleon III, and for the high society. He established friendship with Manet, Degas, and Baudelaire.
Raccogli con delicatezza ed eleganza i pensieri che, dal profondo del cuore, si traducono in parole, mentre la mano intinge nel calamaio sospiri e carezze – (versi di Cofrada Milano)
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