Like his contemporary John Singer Sargent, Julius LeBlanc Stewart was an American artist who spent most of his career in France.
Stewart was a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux Arts, and his work was regularly accepted to the Paris Salon.
Like another painter of his time, James Jacques Joseph Tissot (a French painter who spent most of his career in Britain — artists are never satisfied), Stewart often took his subjects from high society life, into which he was born, as well as activities like yachting.
He was known for his portraits, which included a number of celebrities of his time. His painting “On the Yacht Namouna” (above, 6th down) included a portrait of the famous actress Lillie Langtry.
Stewart also liked to portray nudes in pastoral settings. These sometimes remind me of another 19th century painter, Anders Zorn.
Some of my favorites of Stewart’s paintings include his muted, atmospheric views of Venice.