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Sahurs Meadows in Morning Sun

Alfred Sisley (British, Paris 1839–1899 Moret-sur-Loing)

Date:
1894
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Janice H. Levin, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.277.3
  • Gallery Label

    Sisley spent the summer of 1894 in Le Mesnil-Esnard at the estate of his friend and patron, François Depeaux, a wealthy Norman industrialist. While there Sisley painted seven views of the Coteaux de la Bouille and the Sahurs meadows adjacent to Rouen. Depeaux bought five of the pictures, including the present work.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sisley 94

  • Provenance

    François Depeaux, Rouen (by 1901–06; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 25, 1901, unnumbered catalogue, as "Un coin de prairie en Normandie," bought in for Depeaux by Durand-Ruel; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 31, 1906, no. 50, for Fr 3,960 to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1906–23; stock no. P 8191, sold June 19 for Fr 45,000 to Longuet]; Edmond Longuet, Paris (1923–33; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 3, 1933, no. 84, for Fr 21,000 to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1933–at least 1949, stock no. 5207]; private collection, Paris (in 1959); Philip and Janice H. Levin, New York (after April 1968–his d. 1971); Janice H. Levin, New York (1971–d. 2001)

  • Exhibition History

    Manchester City Art Gallery. "Modern French Paintings," 1907–8, no. 179 (as "A Corner of a Normandy Meadow, Morning Sunshine").

    Paris. Durand-Ruel. "Sisley," April 16–May 2, 1914, no. 33 [see Daulte 1959].

    Venice. Biennale. "XXIa esposizione biennale internazionale d'arte," June 1–September 30, 1938, no. 40 (as "Angolo di prateria in Normandia," lent by Collection Durand-Ruel, Paris; possibly this painting) [see Patin et al. 1992].

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from New York Collections: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Levin," July 13–September 7, 1971, no. 6 (as "A Corner of a Meadow in Normandy").

    London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Alfred Sisley," July 3–October 18, 1992, no. 72 (as "A Corner of the Meadow at Sahurs, in Normandy, Morning Sun").

    Paris. Musée d'Orsay. "Sisley," October 28, 1992–January 31, 1993, no. 72 (as "Un coin de la prairie, de Sahurs en Normandie, soleil du matin").

    Baltimore. Walters Art Gallery. "Sisley: Master Impressionist," March 14–June 13, 1993, no. 72.

    Ferrara. Palazzo dei Diamanti. "Alfred Sisley: Poeta dell'impressionismo," February 17–May 19, 2002, no. 45 (as "Prateria a Sahurs — Sole del mattino").

    Madrid. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. "Alfred Sisley: Poeta del Impresionismo," June 8–September 15, 2002, no. 52 (as "Prados en Sahurs — Sol de mañana").

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures," November 19, 2002–February 9, 2003, no. 21.

    Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Claude Monet – Fields in Spring," May 20–September 24, 2006, no. 46.

  • References

    François Daulte. Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Lausanne, 1959, unpaginated, no. 825, ill.

    Sylvie Patin and Christopher Lloyd in Alfred Sisley. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 1992, pp. 24, 250, 251, no. 72, ill. (color) [French ed., "Sisley", Paris, 1992, pp. 32, 192, 258–59, no. 72, ill. (color)], state that Sisley painted it while staying at François Depeaux's estate at Le Mesnil-Esnard, and that it is among five works that Depeaux bought from the artist; claim that it was exhibited in Venice in 1938.

    Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1991–1992." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 50 (Fall 1992), p. 47, ill. (color), remarks that Sisley painted a number of views of the Sahurs meadows and that this is the finest work in the series.

    Richard Shone. The Janice H. Levin Collection of French Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2002, pp. 9, 27, 81–83, no. 21, ill. (color).

    Christofer Conrad in Christian von Holst and Christofer Conrad. Claude Monet: Fields in Spring. Exh. cat., Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Stuttgart, 2006, pp. 102, 158, no. 46, fig. 77 (color).



  • Notes

    This is one of three works depicting almost the same scene. Ref. Patin 1992 lists the other two pictures (Daulte 826 and 827) as both in private collections. Sisley painted all three works during a visit to Normandy in the summer of 1894.

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