Le Dimanche, 1850

Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier

Lyon 1815 - 1891 Paris

Le Dimanche, 1850

Oil on panel
22,5 x 29,9 cm
Signed and dated lower right: "Meissonier 50"

Our painting reflects Meissonier's ambitious expansion in his répertoire. Initially his reputation was based on his genre paintings, mainly set indoors. By choosing a complex outdoor subject he allowed himself to explore his interest in landscape settings, directly referring to his immediate surrounding, the city of Poissy, where he had acquired a property just a few years before in 1846.

Vallery C. Octave Gréard, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, Paris, 1897, p. 391
Exhib. cat. Jean-Louis-Ernst Meissonier, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, March 25 - June 27, 1993, p. 33
Constance Cain Hungerford, Ernest Meissonier - Master in his Genre, New York, 1999, p. 70, 224-5, 246, no. 7

Paris, Salon, 1851, no. 2169
Paris, Exposition universelle, 1855, no. 5057
Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Meissonier, 1884, no. 8
Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Vingt peintres du XIXème siècle, May 1910

Duc de Narbonne, Paris
Maurice Sabourdin
Sotheby's New York, October 31, 2000, lot 88, ill.
Private collection, USA (since 2000)