Alfred Sisley was born on October 30, 1839. He was an English Impressionist landscape painter who lived and worked in France.
Biography and Career :
Alfred Sisley was born in Paris into the family of a well-to-do English businessman.
Between 1857 and 1861 he lived in London, preparing for a commercial career. In 1862, having decided to become a painter, he entered the Atelier Gleyre in Paris and there met Monet, Renoir and Bazille. He often worked with his new friends in the suburbs of Paris during the summer. Sisley first sent his paintings to the Salon in 1866 and subsequently exhibited there in 1868 and 1870. After the Franco-Prussian War his father was ruined, so that the artist was left in desperate poverty for many years. Until 1880 he lived and worked in the country
side west of Paris, around Marly and Louveciennes, especially at Villeneuve-la-Garenne; Bougival and PortMarly. The flood of 1876 at Port-Marly became the subject of a large series of his landscapes. From 1880 onwards he painted almost exclusively landscapes depicting the banks of the Seine and the Loing at SaintMammas and Sablon and the picturesque and peaceful life in Veneux and Moret-sur-Loing, the town where he lived from 1889 until his death.
Sisley did not live to see his talent recognized. He contributed to the Impressionist exhibitions of 1874, 1876, 1877 and 1882 and also exhibited at the Durand-Ruel galleries in Paris and New York. Every year, starting from 1892, his paintings were on show at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des BeauxArts; several of his works were displayed by Georges Petit at international exhibitions. All this, however, neither brought him fame nor delivered him from financial difficulties. The failure of his retrospective exhibition at Georges Petit's in 1897, to which he had been looking forward and for which he selected his best pictures, was an especially hard blow to the artist. Backed by one of his patrons, Francois Depeau, a Rouon manufacturer, Sisley left for the south of England. From May to October 1897 he stayed at Penarth, a seaside resort near Cardiff, and painted views of rocky seashores. On his return to Moret-sur-Loing Sisley decided to apply for French citizenship. But by that time he had already become incurably ill. On January 29, 1899 the artist died just a few months after the death of his wife.
Famous Works :
- Street in Moret
- Sand Heaps
- The Bridge at Moret-sur-Loing
- Lane near a Small Town (c. 1864)
- Avenue of Chestnut Trees near La Celle-Saint-Cloud (c. 1865)
- Village Street in Marlotte (1866)
- Avenue of Chestnut Trees near La Celle-Saint-Cloud (1867)
- Still Life with Heron (1867)
- The Seine at St. Mammes (1867-1869)
- View of Montmartre from the cite des Fleurs (1869)
- Early Snow at Louveciennes (c. 1871-1872)
- Boulevard Heloise, Argenteuil (1872)
- Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne (1872)
- Ferry to the Ile-de-la-Loge - Flood (1872)
- Footbridge at Argenteuil (1872)
- La Grande-Rue, Argenteuil (c. 1872)
- Square in Argenteuil (Rue de la Chaussee) (1872)
- Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.
- I like all those painters who loved and had a strong feeling for nature.
- The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.
- Among the Impressionists Sisley has been overshadowed by Monet, whose work his most resembles, although Sisley was less experimental, and tended to work on a smaller scale.
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