The Road from Versailles to Saint-Germain

Object Details

Title:

The Road from Versailles to Saint-Germain

Artist/Maker(s):

Alfred Sisley (English, 1839 - 1899)

Culture:

French

Date:

1875

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

51.1 x 65.1 cm (20 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

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A bend in the road with tiny, rapidly drawn figures appears amid the lush, green trees on the left. To the right, the landscape opens out with a view of a vineyard on a distant hill. Rather than simply representing the specifics of a location, Alfred Sisley painted the glorious golden light of a summer's day, flickering in the trees and the long grasses. He painted this plein-air landscape study somewhere near the road on the way from Versailles to Saint-Germain. The painting's broken strokes of brilliant color and the impressionistic brushstrokes that serve as figures would have defined it as a rough sketch, but Sisley judged it complete and presented it as a beautiful finished work.

Provenance
- 1892

Camentron (Paris, France), sold to Durand - Ruel & Cie, 1892.

1892 - 1918

Durand-Ruel & Cie (New York, New York; Paris, France), sold to Harald Horst Halvorsen, 1918.

1918 -

Harald Horst Halvorsen (Oslo, Norway)

- 1936

André Schoeller, 1879 - 1955 (Paris, France), sold to Tooth, (Arthur), and Sons, 1936.

1936 - 1943

Tooth, (Arthur), and Sons (London, England), sold to J.P. Hughes, 1943.

1943 -

J. P. Hughes (Cambridge, England), by inheritance within the Hughes family.

by 1963

Mr. Peter Hughes (United Kingdom)

and Mrs. Peter Hughes (United Kingdom), by inheritance within the Hughes family.

- 1991

Hughes Family (United Kingdom), transferred to the Hughes Family Trust, 1991.

1991 - 1999

Hughes Family Trust (United Kingdom), sold through an intermediary to Galerie Hopkins, Thomas, Custot, 1999.

1999

Galerie Hopkins, Thomas, Custot (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

Exhibitions
Ausstellung von Werken von Fritz v. Uhde, A. Sisley, W. Leistikow, A. Lichtenberger, J. Nussbaum, D. de Regoyos, M. Liebermann, W. Trübner, Ed. Manet, H. G. Degas, W. Leibl, Aug. Gaul. (January 11 to February 20, 1902)
  • Galerie Paul Cassirer, (Berlin), January 11 to February 20, 1902, (Cat. 15)
Entwicklung des Impressionismus in Malerei u. Plastik: XVI. Ausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs Secession Wien (January to February, 1903)
  • Gebäude der Secession, (Vienna), January to February, 1903, (Cat. 72)
Tableaux par Alfred Sisley (April 16 to May 2, 1914)
  • Durand-Ruel & Cie, (Paris), April 16 to May 2, 1914, (Cat. 42)
La Grande Epoque de Sisley: A Collection of His Paintings from the Years 1870 to 1884 (May 20 to June 19, 1937)
  • Tooth, (Arthur), and Sons, (London), May 20 to June 19, 1937, (Cat. 5)
The French Impressionists and Some of Their Contemporaries (April 24 to May 18, 1963)
  • Wildenstein & Co. (London), April 24 to May 18, 1963, (Cat. 27)
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Paintings from English Private Collections (June to July, 1965)
  • Marlborough Gallery, (London), June to July, 1965, (Cat. 34)
Alfred Sisley (1839-99): Impressionist Landscapes (February 6 to February 27, 1971)
  • Nottingham University Art Gallery, (Nottingham), 1971, (Cat. 5)
Bibliography

IV. Jahrgang der Kunst-Ausstellungen. Winter 1901/1902 [...] Ausstellung von Werken von Fritz v. Uhde, A. Sisley [...], exh. cat. (Berlin: Paul Cassirer, 1902), no. 15.

Rosenhagen, Hans. "Von Ausstellungen." Künst für Alle 17, no. 11 (February 13, 1902). Repr. in "Man steht da und staunt": Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer. Die Ausstellungen 1901-1905. Bernhard Echte and Walter Feilchenfeldt, eds. (Wädenswil: Nimbus, 2011), p. 100.

Warncke, Paul. "Berliner Kunstausstellungen." Kunstchronik 13, no. 18 (March 6, 1902). Repr. in "Man steht da und staunt": Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer. Die Ausstellungen 1901-1905. Bernhard Echte and Walter Feilchenfeldt, eds. (Wädenswil: Nimbus, 2011), p. 104.

Heilbut, Emil. "Die Impressionisten Ausstellung der Wiener Secession." Kunst und Künstler 1, nos. 5-6 (1903), p. 189, ill.

Entwicklung des Impressionismus in Malerei u. Plastik: XVI. Ausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs Secession Wien, exh. cat. (Vienna: Secession, 1903), p. 27, no. 72.

Tableaux par Alfred Sisley, exh. cat. (Paris: Galeries Durand-Ruel, 1914), p. 6, no. 42.

La Grande Epoque de Sisley: A Collection of His Paintings from the Years 1870 to 1884, exh. cat. (London: Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., 1937), no. 5.

Daulte, François. Alfred Sisley: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint (Lausanne: Éditions Durand-Ruel, 1959), unpaginated, no. 188, ill.

The French Impressionists and Some of Their Contemporaries, exh. cat. (London: Wildenstein, 1963), p. 11, no. 27, ill.

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Paintings from English Private Collections, exh. cat. (London: Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., 1965), pp. 7, 42, no. 34, ill.

Alfred Sisley (1839-99): Impressionist Landscapes, exh. cat. (Nottingham: Nottingham University Art Gallery, 1971), pp. 20-21, no. 5, ill.

Echte, Bernhard, and Walter Feilchenfeldt, eds. "Man steht da und staunt": Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer. Die Ausstellungen 1901-1905 (Wädenswil: Nimbus, 2011), pp. 100-1, 104-5, ill.

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