Author name: Alfred Stevens also known as Alfred Emile Léopold Stevens.
(1823, Brussels, Belgium – 1906, Paris, France). Stevens's career began to blossom in the mid 1850's when he found his true subject matter, intimate scenes of women in contemporary dress, but his full success in this genre occurred in the following decade when his pictures were acquired by such purchasers as the Brussels Museum and King Leopold of the Belgians. By 1880 Alfred Stevens had reached the height of his career and the front rank of his profession. His active career ended in the mid-1890's.