Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) was a Belgian painter who achieved considerable success both in France and his own country. He was known for his paintings of fashionable life and of elegant women. He earned a good deal of money as an artist but unfortunately he seems to have been even better at spending money than at earning it and suffered from chronic financial problems.
In the 1880s he made an arrangement with an art dealer. He had been instructed by his doctor to take regular seaside holidays. The dealer would pay for these excursions, in exchange for any paintings Stevens executed while on holiday. He developed a great love for the sea which became a subject for many of his later paintings. But he still liked to paint fashionable ladies so he solved the dilemma by painting elegant women on the beach with the sea as background!
His work (like so much European art of that period) showed a definite Japanese influence. His pictures might not be especially deep but they have an easy charm.
Alfred Stevens, La Parisienne japonaise, 1872
Alfred Stevens, Allegory of the Night
Alfred Stevens, Elégants sur les Boulevards c. 1888
Alfred Stevens, Femme Elegante Voyant Filer Un Vapeur, 1884
Alfred Stevens, Le Bain
Alfred Stevens, Jeune femme a l’ombrelle rouge au bord de la mer, 1885
Alfred Stevens, Portrait of a Woman, c.1880
Edmond François Aman-Jean (1858-1936) was a French Symbolist artist who was influenced both by Japanese art and by the English Pre-Raphaelites.
Edmond Aman-Jean, Dolce far niente, 1900
Edmond Aman-Jean, Young Girl with Peacock, 1895
Edmond Aman-Jean, Woman in a pink dress, 1898
Edmond Aman-Jean, Venezia, 1892
Edmond Aman-Jean, La Poesia mistica, 1896
Edmond Aman-Jean, Miss Ella Carmichaël, 1906
Edmond Aman-Jean, Portrait de Mademoiselle V G, 1907
Charles Edward Hallé (1846 – 1914) was another artist whose career demonstrated the continuing influence of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Charles Edward Hallé, Luna
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Richard Burchett (1815-1875) was perhaps more important as an art teacher than as an artist although he achieved some success with his historical subjects. He was regarded as a kind of fellow traveller of the Pre-Raphaelites without ever quite belonging to the movement.
Richard Burchett, Erasmus and Thomas More visit the children of Henry VII, 1841-63
Richard Burchett, Sanctuary — Edward IV and Lancastrian Fugitives at Tewkesbury Abbey aka Edward IV Withheld by Ecclesiastics from Pursuing Lancastrian Fugitives into a Church, 1867
Gustave Moreau, La Toilette
Pedro Sáenz Sáenz, The Tomb of the Poet, 1900
Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928) was a kind of multi-national artist. His parents were English, he was born in Egypt, brought up in the United States and studied art in France.
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Lais
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Iridescence
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Florial
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Harem Scene, 1884-1900
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Repose, A Game of Chess
Henry Siddons Mowbray, Rose Harvest, 1887