L’automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival (1873) by Alfred Sisley

L'automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival - Alfred Sisley - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleL'automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival
ArtistAlfred Sisley
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions46 x 61 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMontreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), Montreal, Canada

About L'automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival

Alfred Sisley’s “L’automne Bords de la Seine pres Bougival” is a distinguished work of art, crafted with oil on canvas and created in the year 1873. This piece is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, measuring 46 by 61 centimeters. It is a landscape genre painting currently housed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in Montreal, Canada.

The artwork captures the serene vista of the banks of the Seine near Bougival during the autumn season. Sisley’s use of soft, diffused light and quick, visible brushstrokes is indicative of Impressionist techniques and serves to convey the transient effects of light and color in nature. The palette is dominated by warm autumnal hues of gold, brown, and russet, with touches of cool blues reflected in the water. The composition leads the eye across the calm river to a huddle of buildings nestled amongst the trees on the opposite bank. Figures can be seen in the foreground, interacting subtly with their environment, providing a sense of scale and everyday life. The sky, rendered with streaks of blue and white, communicates the crispness of the autumn air, while the trees, some bare and others full of colorful leaves, frame the scene with a sense of the season’s fleeting beauty. Sisley’s fascination with natural light and the changing seasons is masterfully expressed in this tranquil landscape, inviting contemplation and an appreciation of the ephemeral qualities of nature.

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