Painted using a heavy impasto, the artist has applied thick paint in a forceful yet controlled manner to produce a stunningly beautiful image of a quiet stream.
Jean Stevan was born at Saint-Gilles, close to Brussels, on January 8, 1896 and first studied art whilst only nine years of age. Although he showed his work publicly whilst still a teenager, his first major exhibition came in 1919 when he participated in the Studio Exhibition in Brussels. Over the following forty years Jean Stevan had group shows in Antwerp, Brussels and Luxembourg.A number of contemporary writers make note of his poetic style of painting full of sensibility and delicacy.His landscapes depicted views of the rivers Meuse and l’Escaut and the open scenery around Uccle and Watermael-Boitsfort. This fine and early example of his work can be dated to around 1920 and illustrates his passion for color and particular skill with the compositional balance.