From the museum website, 3 May 2008
A major retrospective devoted to this famous Belgian artist of the Belle Époque. After settling permanently in Paris in 1852, he made his mark on the artistic life of the second half of the 19th Century. His painting illustrates both the modernity and social changes of his time. Parisian women very quickly became his favoured subject. In his paintings Alfred Stephens admirably captured the stifling atmosphere of the boudoir, the cruelty and futility of the bourgeois salon. A selection of around 100 paintings, drawings and pastels gives us an appreciation of the range of his work. There is also the opportunity to discover the canvases and fragments of Panorama du siècle (Panorama of the Century), an enormous historical fresco painted with Henri Gervex for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889.