A view of the church of Saint-Pierre at Petit-Montrouge, a Paris suburb. It is inscribed: à mon ami H. Charlet 28 Xbre 1870. Charlet is as yet unidentified but may have been a comrade, as Manet saw service during the siege of Paris in the winter of 1870–1871. He wrote to his wife: 'My soldier's knapsack serves... to hold everything necessary for painting. I shall soon start some sketches from life. They will be souvenirs that will one day have value.' This snow scene is one of Manet's earliest works painted out-of-doors. Gwendoline Davies purchased it in Paris in October 1912.
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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff
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