Born in Belgium and initially successful there, Stevens chose to spend his adult life in Paris where he was a comrade of the French Impressionists. Though never actually one of them, he embraced many of their artistic innovations, including the broken brushwork, dark swaths of background color, and the Japanese elements evident in The Pink Lady. His blend of a traditional academic style with the fresh techniques of the Impressionists became enormously popular with members of the haute bourgeoisie (upper middle class) who wished to be artistically fashionable without being avant-garde. Respected in both conservative and liberal artistic circles, he...
Created by: Stevens, Alfred
Despite the many mysteries that surround his life, Severin Roesen succeeded in forging a new aesthetic style that celebrated American abundance. His still-lifes have become so associated with 19th century American taste and interior design that Jacqueline Kennedy chose to hang several of them during her historic refurbishment of the White House and still others are displayed in the State Departments Diplomatic Reception Rooms. For most of these works, Roesen used a heightened color palette, paying detailed attention to each piece of fruit. Scholar John Wilmerding describes his work as "an inventory of lushnesswith each of natures creations exuberant in its...
Created by: Roesen, Severin