The Comité Picabia has confirmed the authenticity of this work painting.
1903, the year which saw Picabia exhibit at the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon de Mai, the Salon d'Automne and the Salon Annuel Cercle Volnay, was a turning point in the artist's career and one which was to lead him to critical acclaim and financial success. Finally able to consider himself a professional artist, Picabia found himself profoundly influenced by Pissarro and Sisley and adopted a more Impressionist style. Choosing for his escape from the city the picturesque villages of Moret and, further south, Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, Picabia began to experiment with a lighter palette and a freer, more expressive brushstroke. Like Pissarro and Sisley, Picabia explored the possibilities of light and atmosphere to express a closer affinity to nature itself, rather than merely describing the technical play of light and colour. He was able to liberate himself also from his strict, self-imposed compositional rigours in order to express a deeper emotion in his art, while still maintaining an overriding interest in form and composition.