Alfred Stevens
An Artist in his Studio c.1840–2

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Alfred Stevens 1817–1875
An Artist in his Studio
Date c.1840–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 600 x 476 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1908
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This image of a dashing, even louche, painter in his studio shows one of the new kinds of artistic identity that emerged in the nineteenth century.

The artist in this picture is presented as a fashionable and urbane young gentleman, a distinctly modern figure. His foppish persona contrasts with the workshop-like setting. The portrait presents the artist as a man of fashion and wit, rather than an artisan or labourer, or even as a sober professional or an intellectual, roles that had dominated the self-portrait tradition in the past.

August 2004

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