Nils von Dardel’s 'The Grasshopper', from our 19th Century European Paintings sale on 22 May 2014, is suffused with the excitement of a new love affair. It was painted when Dardel was embarking on his relationship with Edita Morris, which would endure for the rest of his life. The work’s vibrant and energetic composition also reflects the Paris avant-garde movements that strongly influenced him.