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Alfred Stevens
Belgian, 1823–1906
The Blue Dress
Oil on panel
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1920
1955.865

  "This is my favorite work of art at the Clark because of the incredible visual impact of its gorgeously lush blue velvet with such amazing shadowed folds. Its location is perfect—a small treasure hidden in the intimacy of what was once Sterling and Francine Clark's sitting room. The small scale draws me closer to wonder at the velvet's texture. One can almost feel the weight of the fabric. I like to imagine what she's thinking (or merely daydreaming?) now that she's read (or about to read?) her letter (is it even hers?). Sentimentally, too, it was part of the exhibition Interventions: Griselda Pollock Looks at Alfred Stevens, my first exhibit as a Clark employee."

Jude Kundmueller
Administrative Assistant
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, Massachusetts



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