This delightful, sun-drenched garden scene was painted in Montévrain on the banks of the river Marne, where Henri Lebasque lived from around 1900. Depicting the artist’s two young daughters at play, this work is a delightful example of Lebasque’s charming portrayals of intimate family life. Hailed as the painter of 'Joy and Light' by contemporary critics, Lebasque, like his friends in the Nabis group, favoured the tranquillity of domestic subject matter, focusing on depictions of his loved ones engaging in their daily routine. The light brushstrokes and masterful treatment of light attest to the influence of Camille Pissarro, under whom Lebasque had studied upon his arrival in Paris in 1885, while the pointillist application of colour recalls the work of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. As Lisa Banner points out: 'There is a sense of calm infused in Lebasque’s paintings which celebrates the fullness and richness of life. In his placid scenes of gardens and beaches, terraces and dinner tables, Lebasque portrays his family in particular, but in such a way that he appeals to a larger sense of family gathering and devotion.' (Introduction to Lebasque 1865 – 1937 (exhibition catalogue), Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, 1986, p. 12).