Girl Looking in the Mirror. Alfred Emile Léopold Joseph Victor Stevens (Belgian, 1823-1906). Oil on canvas. All Souls College, University of Oxford.
Stevens is more than a mere fashionable painter of pretty women as there is a probity and justness of his vision and of his technique. He might have been immensely more popular than he was had he chosen to paint merely pretty faces. But his types, though often of a curious beauty, are seldom what one would call really pretty. The slight and curious perversions from the ideal were just what interested him.