Charles Abadie, Paris (sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 17, 1913, lot 24)
Isidore Montaignac, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
M. Binoche, Paris
E. Von Mendelsohn, Berlin
Galeries Georges Petit, Paris
Acquired from the above by Christian-Otto Zieseniss prior to 1929
New York, The World’s Fair (Pavillon de la France), Five Centuries of French History Illustrated by Five Centuries of French Art, 1939-40, no. 362
Jean-Louis Vaudoyer, Les Impressionnistes de Manet à Cézanne, Paris, 1955, pl. 36
François Daulte, Alfred Sisley. Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Lausanne, 1959, no. 649
L. Reidemeister, Auf den Spuren der Maler der Ile-de-France, Berlin, 1963, illustrated p. 147
In the present composition, two figures are depicted hauling a boat across the river along a tow path. The accentuated diagonal line that separates the path and the water leads the viewer's eye towards the depth of the landscape, with small houses lining the far bank of the river. The beautifully painted sky that occupies a large section of the composition embodies the importance that the artist attached to this part of the landscape, as explained in a letter to his friend, the art critic Adolphe Tavernier: "The sky is not simply a background; its planes give depth (for the sky has planes, as well as solid ground), and the shapes of clouds give movement to a picture. What is more beautiful indeed than the summer sky, with its wispy clouds idly floating across the blue? What movement and grace! Don't you agree? They are like waves on the sea; one is uplifted and carried away" (quoted in Sisley (exhibition catalogue), Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1966, n.p.).
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