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Brussels 1823 - Paris 1906
Painter of portraits, genrescenes, land- and seascapes. Brother of the animalier Joseph Stevens and the artcritic Arthur. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and later in Paris under the influence of F.-J. Navez, J. Paelinck and of course Ingres. After a smart debute at the Salon of Brussels in 1851 he settled in Paris where he will meet Charles Baudelaire, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas. He himself opened a « free academy » in 1880 teaching young feminin artists.He is known as the painter of the Second Empire with an emphasis on mundane portraits and genrescenes. At the end of his career, living and working in Saint-Adresse in Normandy, one discovers a move towards pleinairism and an impressionist way of thinking.