Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
Dr Fritz Nathan, Zurich (acquired by 1953)
By descent from the above to the present owner
Tübingen, Kunsthalle, Die Kunst des Handelns. Meisterwerke des 14. bis 20. Jahrhunderts bei Fritz und Peter Nathan, 2005-06, no. 149, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
René Huyghe, ‘Histoire de l'art contemporain: La Peinture’, in L'amour de l'Art, January 1933, fig. 3, illustrated p. 6 (titled Les lilas dans mon jardin, à Moret)
François Daulte, Alfred Sisley. Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, Lausanne, 1959, no. 807, illustrated
Like Monet, Sisley continued to explore and develop the Impressionist style in the 1880s and 1890s and during this time his brushwork became more vigorous and the colouration more varied. In the 1880s, while his fellow Impressionists were already widening their subject matter and concentrating more on the human figure, Sisley continued to focus on the effects of light, seeking to capture the surroundings at different times of the day and during different seasons. At the same time influenced by the advancing Neo-Impressionist theories and technique, Sisley used quick brushstrokes and a vibrant palette to create strong, lively colour contrasts. Like many of his works, Les lilas dans mon jardin evokes an atmosphere of calm and serenity, and the only suggestion of human activity is provided by the small figure in the lower right corner, which further emphasises a sense of tranquillity and harmony of man and nature.
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