The Bath - Alfred Stevens
Last August when we went to the Birth of Impressionism Exhibit at the deYoung in San Francisco, I fell in love with this painting. Alfred Stevens was born in Belgium in 1823. He received more family support than most painters of the period and his art received greater acceptance in the official exhibitions of the day. His works fall into a transition area between the formality of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the freedom of the impressionists. Especially striking, seeing this in person, was the soap dish - the highlights of light reflection looked exactly like ceramic, I felt if I'd touched it, it would have been smooth and cool to the touch.