"Alfred Smith (1854-1936) "rare and superb oil / canvas by Alfred Smith representing a lively picnic scene near factories in the suburbs in 1891, signed and dated lower right. format without frame 33x41cm. It is indeed a sublime composition by Alfred Smith, produced during his Impressionist period, here in 1891. He deals with a subject that he particularly likes, a landscape animated by discreet characters; it must be here the Parisian suburbs, or Bordeaux, I still have a penchant for the 1st solution, even if at that time it was these two favorite places (I also join for info, 2 reproductions of works from the same period, the 1st in 1891 representing a Seine edge towards Paris and the 2nd in 1884 representing a grape harvest scene near Bordeaux, canvas of the same size 33x41cm sold over € 7,000 in 2017 (see last 2 Alfred Smith therefore produced until about 1900 real little Impressionist masterpieces, this new painting proves it once again, where all the criteria of the greatest painters of this famous period are included. elsewhere, many of Alfred Smith's paintings are compared to the work of Claude Monet (see painter's catalog) André Alfred Smith of Strasbourg was born in Bordeaux on July 30, 1854, his father is Welsh, naturalized French, and his mother is girl of the notary of Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde. In 1869 his father abandoned the family home and left to make a fortune in the United States. So at the age of 15, Alfred and his older brother, Emmanuel find themselves breadwinners. Alfred works in a bank as a stockbroker, but he wants to become an artist and spends all his free time painting. In 1877 he made the first exhibition of his paintings at the Salon of the society of friends of the arts of Bordeaux, whose catalog indicates that his master is Hippolyte Pradelles. He remained faithful to this show and exhibited at least one painting each year, until his death in 1936. The painter Alfred Roll would notice this and help him promote his artistic work. The two men became friends and Alfred Smith was Roll's executor after his death in 1919. In 1880 Smith participated in the Paris Salon, obtaining the honorable mention and frequented the workshop of Léonce Chabry. He also became a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux. In 1883, his canvas Le Quai de Bacalan, Le Soir was exhibited at the Paris Salon and he entered Amédée Baudit's workshop. In the years 1884-1890 Smith began to be recognized. He received medals at the salons of Versaille, Nice, French artists, universal exhibition in Paris etc. It was in 1886 that he could quit his job, his painting allowing him to live. In 1888, he obtained an award at the Paris Salon. The same year, he painted the Place de la Concorde Sous La Pluie (L'Averse) and in 1889, he obtained a bronze medal at the Paris Salon. He obtained a bronze medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris. In 1894, he was appointed knight of the Legion of Honor. On December 7, 1899, Alfred Smith married Catherine Philippine Poix in Lyon and in 1901 the couple moved to Paris. In 1912, thanks to his friends Paul Madeline and Eugène Alluaud, Alfred Smith discovered the Creuse valley. He is captivated by the landscapes; his style changes again and evolves towards fauvism and he continues to paint around Crozant until his death. His wife Catherine dies in September 1935, then Alfred Smith dies on November 3, 1936. He is buried in Lyon. This canvas is the original one, mounted on its key frame, it is in good condition, I just point out 2 tiny occasions, some traces of old frame on the edges and small cracks, in no way detrimental to the work, on the contrary ... moreover, it was checked by a restorer who judged this painting as very healthy. Delivered in a very nice 19th century golden frame. guaranteed authentic.