In 1876 Sisley repeatedly depicted the stretch of river around Bougival, a resort town along the Seine just west of Paris. This view, with a woman and child sitting on the grass near the placid water, captures the quiet beauty of the landscape. As one writer noted, "The trees form the most agreeable pattern… one can walk on lawns fresh and gentle to the feel, veritable carpets of greenery."
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sisley. 76
[Georges Petit, Paris]; [Georges Bernheim, Paris]; Bonnemaison, Paris; [Galerie Schmit, Paris]; [Galerie Nathan, Zürich, until about 1970; sold to Polak]; Mrs. Henriette Antoinette Polak, Amsterdam (from about 1970); [Arthur Tooth, London, until 1976; sale, Sotheby's, London, April 7, 1976, no. 5, to Dillon]; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon (from 1976)
Paris. Galerie Georges Petit. "Cent tableaux par Boudin, Jongkind, Lépine, Sisley," January 26–February 13, 1903, no. 93 (as "Les Bords de la Seine, à Bougival").
Greenwich, Conn. Bruce Museum. "Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master," January 21–May 21, 2017, unnumbered cat. (ill. p. 79).
Aix-en-Provence. Hôtel de Caumont. "Sisley, the Impressionist," June 10–October 15, 2017, unnumbered cat.
Dr. Fritz Nathan und Dr. Peter Nathan, 1922–1972. Zürich, 1972, unpaginated, no. 71, ill. (color).
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1991–1992." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 50 (Fall 1992), p. 48, ill. (color), believes it was probably painted in early autumn.