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.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sisley 94
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)
Manchester City Art Gallery. "Modern French Paintings," 1907–8, no. 179 (as "A Corner of a Normandy Meadow, Morning Sunshine").
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.
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.
François Daulte. Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Lausanne, 1959, unpaginated, no. 825, ill.
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.
Sylvie Patin and Christopher Lloyd inAlfred Sisley. Ed. Mary Anne Stevens. 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.
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).
This is one of three works depicting almost the same scene. 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.