In the 1860’s, Sisley met Pissarro, Monet, Bazille, and Renoir, with whom he brought forth the practice of painting directly from nature. Exhibiting with the Impressionists, as they were formally named at the time of their independent exhibition in Paris in 1874, Sisley enjoyed short-lived but considerable success during the 1870’s.
While residing in Sèvres with his wife and children, Sisley painted this view of a curved pathway lined with chestnut trees in full bloom. The pathway follows a bend in the Seine, lending the viewer access across the pictorial space. The weather is pleasant, the sky a crisp pale blue, and the grass bending softly in the wind. Unlike other Impressionists who returned to their studios in their later careers, Sisley remained outdoors, painting from his sketches rendered in the countryside.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sisley.78.
Alphonse Portier (died 1902), Paris; acquired from Alphonse Portier by Hayashi Tadamasa (died 1906), Paris and Tokyo, July 9, 1891 (as Marronniers en fleurs); Hayashi Tadamasa sale, American Art Association, New York, January 8-9, 1913a, no. 138 (as Allée sur fleuve); bought by the Durand-Ruel Gallery, New York, for Mrs. H. O. Havermeyer, New York (died 1929); her son, Horace Havemayer (1929-1948); consigned by Horace Havemayer to M. Knoedler & Co., New York, September 20, 1948; bought from Horace Havemayer, through M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by Robert Lehman, Port Washington, New York, November 15, 1948.