Alfred Sisley

Renowned for his use of colour and depiction of light, Alfred Sisley was a leading member of the French Impressionists. Born in 1839 in Paris, Sisley’s parents, who were English, initially hoped that he would work in commerce and sent the teenager to London to study business. Sisley, however, was uninterested and spent his time wandering the city’s museums.

Back in Paris four years later, he began to study art under Charles Gleyre, where he met Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jean-Frédéric Bazille. Together they would develop a novel, visionary visual language: Impressionism.

These were tumultuous years for Sisley. While he had work accepted to the Salon of 1866, subsequent submissions were rejected. The onset of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 brought financial ruin to Sisley’s family as well as the death of Bazille.

Following this personal — and political — period of upheaval, Sisley decided to make art his career. He and his family moved to the Parisian suburbs, near to Monet and Camille Pissarro, and together they began to develop exhibitions outside of the Salon system. Sisley would go on to show paintings at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1875, though his success remained modest.

Throughout his life, Sisley remained essentially a painter of landscapes, and along with his contemporaries, spent much time working en plein air. As part of the Impressionists, who sought to depict the world they inhabited, his compositions are not purely pastoral yet in paintings such as Allée of Chestnut Trees (1878), and Flood at Port-Marly (1872), nature dominates all. In this sense, his formal strategies are indebted to France’s Barbizon group, and particularly the work of Camille Corot. Sisley died in 1899, three months after the death of his wife Eugénie.

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le Loing à Moret

阿尔弗雷德·西斯利 (1839-1899)

《(八月下午)莫雷卢安河畔的白杨》

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le Loing à Saint-Mammès

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

La Seine à Argenteuil

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La fenaison--Après-midi de juin

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Printemps à Veneux

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

L'allée des peupliers à Moret au bord du Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Pommiers en fleurs--Louveciennes

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Le Loing à Saint-Mammès

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Saint Mammès, avant l'été

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le pont et les moulins de Moret sur Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Tournant du Loing à Moret. Printemps

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Moret-sur-Loing au soleil couchant

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

L'allée des peupliers au bord du Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Canal du Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le printemps à Moret-sur Loing

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

La route de Veneux

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le Loing à Moret

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le printemps à Moret sur Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La vague, Baie de Langland (Pays de Galles)

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Chemin des Fontaines à Veneux-Nadon

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La route de Marly-le-Roi

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Route de Versailles

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Printemps à Veneux-Nadon

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Après-midi de mai à By, près de Moret-sur-Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La route de Gennevilliers

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le village de Champagne au coucher du soleil, Avril

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Chemin près du Parc de Courances

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Soleil d’hiver à Veneux-Nadon

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Les moulins de Moret–Hiver

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La Seine à Bougival

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Canal du Loing, effet du matin

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Paysage au tas de bois

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

La Seine à Bougival

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Le village des Sablons, près de Veneux-Nadon

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Pont de l'Orvanne

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Paysage de Printemps--Chemin aux environs de Moret-sur Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Saint-Mammès-le soir

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Pont de Moret-sur-Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le Barrage du canal du Loing à Saint-Mammès

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Femme et enfant sur le chemin des près, Sèvres

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le Loing à Saint-Mammès

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le long du bois en automne

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Canal du Loing à Saint-Mammès

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

Le chemin de Butte, Retour en forêt

ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

Le pont du chemin de fer