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Woman in White

Alfred Stevens

Belgian, 1823–1906

Woman in White

c. 1872

This small, rapidly painted study includes few precise details, yet the painting’s dramatic mood hints at the possibility of a narrative. The young woman, her face in shadow, is dressed in white and wears a cross around her neck. Her expression and her clasped hands suggest a moment of intense emotion and perhaps anxious prayer.

Medium Oil on laminate cardboard
Dimensions 12 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (32.4 x 24.5 cm)
Object Number 1955.1028
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926
Status Off View

Image Caption

Alfred Stevens, Woman in White, c. 1872, Oil on laminate cardboard. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.1028.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


Ichabod T. Williams, New York (d. 1899, his sale, American Art Association Galleries, New York, 3–4 Feb. 1915, no. 12); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 30 Apr. 1926]; Robert Sterling Clark (1926–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.