On a Stroll, oil on canvas.
The paintings of Stevens, a 19th century Belgian, served as a bridge between the salon style and Impressionism. His work was technically accomplished and fairly daring for the period.
An interesting fact about Stevens:
- In 1861 the head of the Paris Salon told Stevens that he would receive a medal of honor if only he would change his subject matter to something less frivolous. Stevens’s curt reply: “You keep your medal, and I’ll keep my genre.” Just two years later the salon made him a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor anyway.