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