The Road from Versailles to Saint-Germain

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The Road from Versailles to Saint-Germain


Alfred Sisley (English, 1839 - 1899)






Oil on canvas


51.1 × 65.1 cm (20 1/8 × 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.

- 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.
Source: JPGM Paintings Department, curatorial files, letter from Caroline Durand Ruel Godfroy, January 23, 2001.

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.
Source: JPGM Paintings Department, curatorial files, communication from Waring Hopkins, Galerie Hopkins, Thomas, Custot, 1999.


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

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