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
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
|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|