The Small Meadows in Spring

In 1880 financial hardship forced Sisley to leave Sèvres, in the suburbs of Paris, for the Seine-et-Marne region, south-east of the city. He lived in this area for the rest of his life. The move marked a turning point in the artist's career, and he painted the river landscape with a new vitality and freshness of vision.

This painting depicts 'le Chemin des Petits Prés', the wooded path which ran along the left bank of the Seine, connecting the villages of Veneux and By. It has now been replaced by a paved walkway. The village visible on the opposite bank is Champagne.

The young girl, who has been identified as the artist's daughter, Jeanne, appears as an embodiment of spring.

Key facts

Artist dates
1839 - 1899
Full title
The Small Meadows in Spring
Date made
about 1880-1
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 73 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Presented by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936
Inventory number
Location in Gallery