Happy Birthday Alfred Stevens!! The Belgian painter was born in 1823. He was from a family of artists; his brothers were painters, as well as his son. He began as a realist and historical painter. He was a contemporary and friend of Whistler. Stevens was influenced by Japanese culture and prints. He eventually painted genre scenes, usually of women in Parisian interiors. The painting below includes a Japanese doll, part of a collection Stevens is said to possess.