To paint this panoramic scene, Sisley walked up the hill from his rented house in Marly-le-Roi, near Paris, and selected a northwest view overlooking the town. The building at left was located within the border of neighboring Louveciennes. The lush, manicured grounds to the right of the path belonged to the more extensive property in Marly-le-Roi owned by Robert Le Lubez, an amateur singer and patron of contemporary composers such as Charles-François Gounod and Camille Saint-Saëns.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sisley.76
the artist, Paris (1876); possibly Ernest Hoschedé, Paris (by 1877–78; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 5–6, 1878, no. 88, "Châlet dans un parc," for Fr 109); [Charles F. Haseltine, Philadelphia, until 1892; sold through Knoedler, New York, on March 14 or 15 to Durand-Ruel]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1892; sold on April 8 to Palmer]; Potter Palmer, Chicago (1892–94; sold on November 23 to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1894–1928 ; sold on November 24 to de Groot]; Adelaide Milton de Groot, New York (1928–d. 1967; on loan to MMA, 1936)
Paris. 6, rue le Peletier. "3e exposition de peinture [3rd Impressionist exhibition]," April 1877, no. 211 (as "Le Chalet; gelée blanche," lent by M. H . . . , possibly this picture).
Saint Louis Exposition and Music Hall Association. "Twelfth Annual Exhibition," 1895, no. 501 (as "View at Louvecennes" [sic]).
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Works of Alfred Sisley," February 27–March 15, 1899, no. 24.
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Exhibition of Paintings by Sisley," April 10–27, 1912, no. 6.
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Sisley," November 28–December 12, 1914, no. 9 [see Daulte 1959].
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Sisley," March 24–April 7, 1917, no. 22 [see Daulte 1959].
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Exhibition of Paintings by Alfred Sisley (1840–1899)," January 8–22, 1921, no. 13.
New York. Durand-Ruel Galleries. "Exhibition of Paintings by Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley," February 18–March 1925, no. 13 (as "Vue de Louveciennes").
New York. Durand-Ruel Galleries. "Exhibition of Paintings by Alfred Sisley, 1839–1899," April 19–May 3, 1927, no. 9 (as "Vue de Louveciennes").
New York. Perls Galleries. "Masterpieces from the Collection of Adelaide Milton de Groot," April 14–May 3, 1958, no. 4 (as "La Maison de l'Artiste à Louveciennes").
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Masterpieces from the Adelaide Milton de Groot Collection," December 2, 1958–March 1, 1959, no. 36 (as "The Artist's House at Louveciennes").
Hanover, N.H. Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College. "Impressionism, 1865–1885," November 1–December 1962, no catalogue?
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Private Collections: Summer Loan Exhibition," July 12–September 2, 1963, no. 73 (lent by Adelaide Milton de Groot).
New York. Wildenstein. "Olympia's Progeny," October 28–November 27, 1965, no. 16 (as "Vue de Louveciennes," lent by Adelaide de Groot).
New York. Wildenstein & Co., Inc. "Sisley," October 27–December 3, 1966, no. 27 (lent by Adelaide Milton de Groot).
Tokyo National Museum. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," August 10–October 1, 1972, no. 95.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 8–November 26, 1972, no. 95.
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 12 (as "View of Morly-le-Roi [sic] from Coeur-Volant").
Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 12.
Yokohama Museum of Art. "Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century," March 25–June 4, 1989, no. 93 (as "View of Marly-le-Roi from Cœur-Volant").
Fort Lauderdale. Museum of Art. "Corot to Cézanne: 19th Century French Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 22, 1992–April 11, 1993, no catalogue.
London. Hayward Gallery. "Landscapes of France: Impressionism and its Rivals," May 18–August 28, 1995, no. 85.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Landscapes of France: Impressionism and its Rivals," October 4, 1995–January 14, 1996, no. 85.
Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne," June 23–November 12, 2006, no. 45.
Barcelona. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. "Grandes maestros de la pintura europea de The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York: De El Greco a Cézanne," December 1, 2006–March 4, 2007, no. 37.
Sara Hallowell. Letter to Bertha Palmer. September 12, 1892 [see Ref. Johnston 1992], comments that she prevented the Sisley painting in her care from being fumigated on its arrival to New York, probably this work.
Twelfth Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., Saint Louis Exposition and Music Hall Association. St. Louis, 1895, pp. 55, 118, no. 501, ill.
Harry B. Wehle. "A Loan of Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31 (October 1936), p. 209.
François Daulte. Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Lausanne, 1959, unpaginated, no. 208, ill.
Kermit S[wiler]. Champa. Olympia's Progeny. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 1965, unpaginated, no. 16, ill.
Jacques G. Laÿ. Letter to Anne Wagner. October 16, 1979, comments that this was painted in the hamlet of Coeur-Volant, situated on the edge of Louveciennes and Marly-le-Roi.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 154–55, 253, ill. (color), mentions that Sisley set up his easel in a garden on the property of Robert Le Lubez in the hamlet of Coeur-Volant to paint this view.
William R. Johnston. "Alfred Sisley and Early Interest in Impressionism in America, 1865–1913." Alfred Sisley. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London. New Haven, 1992, pp. 66, 69.
Ruth Berson, ed. "Documentation: Volume I, Reviews and Volume II, Exhibited Works." The New Painting: Impressionism 1874–1886. San Francisco, 1996, vol. 2, p. 83, no. III-211, ill. p. 102, notes that it may have been in the Hoschedé sale of 1878.
Clare A. P. Willsdon. In the Gardens of Impressionism. New York, 2004, pp. 27–28, 147, 280, colorpl. 22.
Kathryn Calley Galitz inThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 234–36, no. 45, ill. (color) [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, pp. 128–29, no. 37, ill. (color)], mentions its possible inclusion in the 3rd Impressionist exhibition of 1877.
Rebecca A. Rabinow inMasterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 133, 307, no. 122, ill. (color and black and white).
Kathryn Calley Galitz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings. New York, 2016, p. 441, no. 373, ill. pp. 379, 441 (color).
Formerly titled "View of Louveciennes" and "The Artist's House at Louveciennes," this painting actually depicts a panoramic view of the village of Marly-le-Roi, where Sisley was living in 1876. To paint this view Sisley set up his easel in a garden on the property of Robert Le Lubez in the hamlet of Coeur-Volant.