Thursday, February 7, 2008

Alfred Stevens

The Bath, 1867 Oil on canvas, Musee D'Orsay, Paris

There is something about a bath that draws me in... if only I had a clawfoot tub and that golden swan spicket, what a lovely bath it would be...but why is she wearing her underthings??

"The Belgian Stevens ceased painting political themes after 1855, becoming a very succssful painter of bourgeois genre scenes. Here, the watch in the soap dish may mean that this respite is stolen from domestic responsibilities and social rounds. The roses may be a trac of another, also stolen, private moment." (Alexandra Bonfante-Warren)

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