Alfred Sisley  (French, 1839-1899) 

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Alfred Sisley (French, 1839–1899) is among the founders of the Impressionist movement. He was born to British parents in Paris and lived most of his life in France. In 1862, Sisley studied at the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris where he met Frédéric Bazille (French, 1841–1870), Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), and Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Throughout the beginning of his career, Sisley painted with Monet and Renoir, and spent time at the Café Guerbois where the Impressionist style was discussed and developed. Together, the artists painted outdoors, or en plein air, to better capture the effects of light on the environment and the animated skies that characterize Sisley’s paintings. He continued this practice throughout his lifetime, staying within the realm of landscape painting and reflecting sharper forms than some of the other Impressionist artists.

Sisley generally privileged landscapes, featuring signs of civilization in blues, browns, grays, and greens, and generally avoided figures in his paintings. These were often executed at Marly and Saint-Cloud, in the environs of Paris, and when in Britain near Hampton Court by the Thames, or on the Welsh coast. He developed a significant series near Argenteuil, France, around the 1870s, one of which, The Bridge at Argenteuil (1872), was bought by Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Sisley was introduced to the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel by the artist Camille Pissarro (French, 1831–1903), and after his death, his paintings became immensely sought after. In 1890, Sisley was nominated at the Société nationale des Beaux-Arts. His work is part of the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Alfred Sisley, Péniches sur le Loing

 

Alfred Sisley
Péniches sur le Loing
1896

Hammer Galleries
Alfred Sisley, Bords du Loing

 

Alfred Sisley
Bords du Loing
1890

Hammer Galleries
Alfred Sisley, Premier Jour de Printemps à Morey

 

Alfred Sisley
Premier Jour de Printemps à Morey
1889

Galerie Dreyfus
Alfred Sisley, Verger aux environs de Moret-sur-Loing

 

Alfred Sisley
Verger aux environs de Moret-sur-Loing
1890

Galerie Dreyfus
Alfred Sisley, The Loing at St Mammès

 

Alfred Sisley
The Loing at St Mammès
1884

Galerie Artvera's
Alfred Sisley, Tournant du Loing en Eté

 

Alfred Sisley
Tournant du Loing en Eté
1890

Richard Nathanson Impressionist & 20th Century Art
Alfred Sisley, Aux Bords de la Seine

 

Alfred Sisley
Aux Bords de la Seine
1885

Richard Nathanson Impressionist & 20th Century Art
Alfred Sisley, Le long du bois en automne

 

Alfred Sisley
Le long du bois en automne
1885

Opera Gallery
Alfred Sisley, Dans le bois au printemps

 

Alfred Sisley
Dans le bois au printemps
1886

Opera Gallery
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Alfred Sisley, Saint-Mammès

 

Alfred Sisley
Saint-Mammès, 1885
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Alfred Sisley, Sur la route de Moret

 

Alfred Sisley
Sur la route de Moret, 1882
oil on canvas

 

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Alfred Sisley, Le Parc

 

Alfred Sisley
Le Parc, 1878
oil on canvas

 

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2011 - 2012   Von-der-Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Germany