A Fine Life Drawing of a Seated Male Nude
A Fine Life Drawing of a Seated Male Nude

ALFRED STEVENS (1823-1906)

A Fine Life Drawing of a Seated Male Nude

1844 Belgium

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Inscribed and dated 'Atelier Roqueplan/ 13 Avril 1844'. Charcoal and white chalk on paper, framed. Dimensions: 22¾ x 13¾ In. (58 x 35 cm.)
Provenance: Private collection of academic life drawings, England
This fine life drawing is by the notable Belgian portrait painter, Alfred Stevens (1823-1906). The subject is a pensive young male nude sitting on a sofa, the focus of the drawing on his face, which is deep in thought.

Alfred Stevens began his formal training in painting in his native town of Brussels, at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, under Francois-Joseph Navez (1787-1869). In 1844, he pursued his studies in Paris, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, drawing and painting under the guidance of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). With this rigorous training in drawing and composition, the young Stevens won the jury’s medals at his first major public showings in Paris - the Salon of 1853 and the Exposition Universelle, two years later. However, it was only following the later exhibition that Stevens turned away from the more traditional subjects of history painting in order to concentrate on portraiture, for which he was to become famous.
Height 58.00 cm (22.83 inches)
Width 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
External Height 84.00 cm (33.07 inches)
External Width 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
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