Alfred Sisley

British French, Impressionist, 1839-1899

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Village On The Banks Of The Seine (Villeneuve La Garenne)
Alfred Sisley
239 USD
 

The Bridge at Villeneuve la Garenne
Alfred Sisley
241 USD 

The Bridge at Moret
Alfred Sisley
241 USD

Footbridge at Argenteuil
Alfred Sisley
216 USD
 
Garden Path in Louveciennes
Alfred Sisley
236 USD
 
Bridge at Moret-sur-Loing
Alfred Sisley
239 USD
 
Snow at Louveciennes
Alfred Sisley
226 USD
 
Boat in the Flood at Port-Marly
Alfred Sisley
224 USD
 
Meadow
Alfred Sisley
240 USD
 
Flood at Port Marly
Alfred Sisley
225 USD
 
Moret-sur-Loing
Alfred Sisley
236 USD
 
Rue de la Machine, Louveciennes
Alfred Sisley
222 USD
 
Louveciennes or
The Heights at Marly

Alfred Sisley
226 USD
 
Boulevard Heloise Argenteuil
Alfred Sisley
217 USD
 
Rest along the Stream.
Edge of the Wood

Alfred Sisley
250 USD
 
The Walk
Alfred Sisley
222 USD
 
The Pont at Moret Afternoon effect
Alfred Sisley
222 USD
 
Sunset at Moret
Alfred Sisley
225 USD
 
The Lesson Sun
Alfred Sisley
228 USD
 
The Canal Saint-Martin
Alfred Sisley
225 USD

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Alfred Sisley (30 October 1839 – 29 January 1899) was an Impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (i.e., outdoors). He deviated into figure painting only rarely and, unlike Renoir and Pissarro, found that Impressionism fulfilled his artistic needs.

Among his important works are a series of paintings of the River Thames, mostly around Hampton Court, executed in 1874, and landscapes depicting places in or near Moret-sur-Loing. The notable paintings of the Seine and its bridges in the former suburbs of Paris are like many of his landscapes, characterized by tranquility, in pale shades of green, pink, purple, dusty blue and cream. Over the years Sisley's power of expression and color intensity increased.

Sisley was born in Paris to affluent English parents. His father William Sisley was in the silk business, and his mother Felicia Sell was a cultivated music connoisseur. In 1857, at the age of 18, Sisley was sent to London to study for a career in business, but he abandoned it after four years and returned to Paris in 1861. Beginning in 1862 he studied at the atelier of Swiss artist Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, where he became acquainted with Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Together they would paint landscapes en plein air rather than in the studio, in order to realistically capture the transient effects of sunlight.

In 1868 his paintings were accepted at the Salon, but the exhibition did not bring him any financial or critical success, and neither did any of the subsequent exhibitions. The Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, and as a result, Sisley’s father’s business failed. The painter’s sole means of support became the sale of his works. For the remainder of his life, he would live in poverty, for his paintings only rose significantly in monetary value after his death. Occasionally, however, Sisley would be backed up by his patrons: this allowed him, among other things, to make a few brief trips to England.

Until 1880, Sisley lived and worked in the countryside west of Paris; then Sisley and his family moved to a small village near Moret-sur-Loing, close to the forest of Fontainebleau where the painters of the Barbizon school had worked earlier in the century. Here, as art historian Anne Poulet has said, “the gentle landscapes with their constantly changing atmosphere were perfectly attuned to his talents. Unlike Monet, he never sought the drama of the rampaging ocean or the brilliantly colored scenery of the Côte d’Azur. In 1881 Sisley made one more brief voyage to England.

Source: Wikipedia