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Alfred Sisley, 'The Small Meadows in Spring', about 1880-1

Key facts
Full title The Small Meadows in Spring
Artist Alfred Sisley
Artist dates 1839 - 1899
Date made about 1880-1
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54.3 × 73 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Presented by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936
Inventory number L674
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Presented by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
The Small Meadows in Spring
Alfred Sisley

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 It has now been replaced by a paved walkway.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.

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