[Study for Panorama de l’histoire du siècle – André de Chénier at left and Valazé at right], 1889
Pencil on paper
Stamped with artist’s signature lower right: “Alfred Stevens”. Inscribed in pencil upper left: “2 droite”. Inscribed in ink verso: “Croquis pour le panorama du siecle”. In fine condition aside from pinholes in upper center with slight discoloration and tears along top edge and corners.
A study for the painting that Stevens executed in collaboration with Henri Gervex (1852-1929) for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, “Panorama de l’histoire du siècle 1789-1889,” which was a grand composition including French personalities from 1789-1889. See: “The Paris Panorama of the Nineteenth Century” By Alfred Stevens and Henri Gervex with an introduction by Theodore Stanton, The Century (Dec. 1889), page images at Making of America, Cornell University. The opera “Andrea Chénier” by Umberto Giordano is a famous recount of his life and was conducted by James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera in 1983.