About This Artwork

Alfred Stevens
Belgian, 1823-1906

Hesitation (Madame Monteaux?), c. 1867

Oil on panel
55.5 x 43.2 cm (21 7/8 x 17 in.)
Inscribed lower left: Alfred Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1178

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Exposition de l’œuvre d’Alfred Stevens, February 6–27, 1900, cat. 127.

Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University, April 1945, no cat.

Publication History

Hans Vollmer, “Stevens, Alfred,” in Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler: von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, vol. 32 (Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 1938), p. 25.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 441.

Mary Mathews Gedo, Monet and his Muse: Camille Monet in the Artist's Life (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), p. 44 (ill.).

Ownership History

Possibly Émile Monteaux, Paris [lent to Paris 1900]. Henry Le Rey et Fils, Paris [according to a red wax stamp on the verso of the painting]. Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, by 1911; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago, June 23, 1911 [according to the bill of sale, copy in curatorial file]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.

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