Sisley’s painting captures the bucolic aspect of Bougival, a resort town along the Seine just west of Paris known for its quiet beauty. 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." In 1876 Sisley repeatedly depicted the stretch of river around Bougival and neighboring Port-Marly, especially the spring and autumn floods. The present view, with the water coursing placidly along, probably dates from early fall, since the leaves have just begun to thin and turn yellow.
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").
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.
Artist: Alfred Sisley (British, Paris 1839–1899 Moret-sur-Loing)Date: 1895–97Medium: Three separate sheets of varying sizes, with the same mediums and supports: graphite and colored crayon on buff wove paper, darkenedAccession: 1975.1.727On view in:Not on view