Alfred Sisley

The Small Meadows in Spring

1880

Original title
Les Petits Prés au printemps
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 543 x 730 mm
frame: 720 x 911 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936
Reference
N04843

Display caption

Sisley moved from Sèvres to Veneux-Nadon, on the outskirts of Moret-sur-Loing, in 1880, and stayed for the next two years. The painting depicts a view of a riverside path between Veneux and By. Sisley painted several other pictures at this time along this path or very close to it.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Alfred Sisley 1839-1899

N04843 Les Petits Prés au Printemps (The Small Meadows in Spring) 1880

Inscribed 'Sisley' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 21 3/8 x 28 3/4 (54 x 73)
Presented to the National Gallery by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936; transferred 1953
Prov: Erwin Davis, New York; with Durand-Ruel, New York and Paris, 1899; with Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, 1931; the subscribers 1936
Exh: Sisley, Durand-Ruel, New York, April-May 1927 (15); Tableaux de Sisley, Durand-Ruel, Paris, February-March 1930 (51), dated 1885; Summer Exhibition, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, August-September 1933 (6); La Flèche d'Or, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, May-June 1935 (27), dated c.1880; Summer Exhibition, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, August-September 1935 (30)
Lit: T. McGreevy, 'Les Petits Près au Printemps' in Studio, CXVI, 1938, p.181, repr. p.197 in colour; Martin Davies, National Gallery Catalogue of the French School (London 1946), p.87; François Daulte, Alfred Sisley (Paris 1959), No.391, p.172, repr. p.173 (dated 1880); William Gaunt, The Impressionists (London 1972), p.122, repr. pl.34 in colour
Repr: James Laver, French Painting and the Nineteenth Century (London 1937), pl.104

Sisley moved from Sèvres to Veneux-Nadon, on the outskirts of Moret-sur-Loing, in 1880 and remained there until September 1882 when he settled in Moret itself. Le Chemin des Petits Prés (the Path through the Small Meadows) is the name of a riverside path between Veneux and By. Sisley painted several other pictures at this time along this path or very close to it, including [N05144]. One called 'Les Petits Prés à By' was shown in the seventh Impressionist exhibition in March 1882.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.690-1, reproduced p.690

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