Alfred Sisley – Artwork and Bio of French Painter



Alfred Sisley was a French painter of British origin born in Paris on 30 October 1839. Alfred’s father, William, was in the silk business and intended for his son to join him. Alfred was sent to London in 1857 to learn commerce but returned to Paris in 1861 to take up painting. Sisley’s family sponsored his education at Ecole des Beaux-Art, where he made friends with Claude Monet, Jean-Frederic Bazille, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Alfred and his friends began painting landscapes outdoors, the practice was innovative and looked different from conventional images at the time. This band of friends is regarded as the pioneers of the Impressionist en plein air art style. Sisley’s father’s business failed due to the Franco-Perusian war in 1970, which meant he had to fend for himself.

Alfred Sisley spent most of his lifetime in France but went on three voyages to Britain and maintained his British citizenship. Alfred was a part of the pioneer Impressionist exhibitions. Sisley had his solo exhibition in Paris in 1883 and continued making art until he died of throat cancer on 29 January 1899.

What was Alfred Sisley Known For?

Alfred Sisley is known for his landscape paintings. Alfred is credited with bringing a new perspective to oil paintings with outdoor paintings along with his friends. Sisley’s canvasses showed a harmonious composition with subtle tonal variations, distinguishing him from his peers.

Who was Alfred Sisley Influenced By?

Alfred Sisley was influenced by Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet. Alfred worked at Charles Gleyre’s studio during his time at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His friends, Monet, Renoir, and Bazille, also had an influence on his painting style. Edouard Manet’s work influenced the group.


What Art Movement was Alfred Sisley Associated With?

Alfred Sisley was associated with the Impressionism Art Movement. Alfred is regarded as one of the few ‘real’ impressionists and a convener of the art style. His landscape paintings contributed to the movement’s popularity in the 1870s.

Alfred Sisley’s Artwork

Below are some of the artworks of Alfred Sisley.

The rest beside a creek


The church at Moret in the rain


The Seine at Argenteuil


On the Shores of Loing


Village on the banks of Seine


Autumn  in Louveciennes


The church of Moret




Landscape along the Seine with the Institut de France and the Pont Des Arts


A village street in winter


A street in Port-Marly


The Loire


Grapes and Walnuts on a table


Avenue of Chestnut trees near La Celle Saint Cloud


Still life ; Heron with spread wings


Windy day Veneux


Still life ; Apples and Grapes


Footbridge at Argenteuil


The banks of the Siene

All Alfred Sisley Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Station At Sevres c. 1879 Oil On Canvas
Provencher's Mill At Moret 1883 Oil On Canvas
Moret-sur-loing 1891 Oil On Canvas
Garden Path In Louveciennes (chemin De L'etarche) 1873 Oil On Canvas
The Chemin De By Through Woods At Roches-courtaut, 1880 Oil On Canvas
Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne 1872 Oil on Canvas
Snow at Louveciennes 1873 Oil on Canvas
Flood at Port-Marly 1876 Oil on Canvas
L'automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival 1873 Oil on Canvas
L'inondation - Route de Saint-Germain 1876 Oil on Canvas
The Church at Moret 1894 Oil on Canvas
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