Alfred Sisley was a renowned artist who settled in Moret-sur-Loing in 1889, a medieval town that inspired many of his paintings. While living there, he painted the Church of Notre Dame at Moret-sur-Loing multiple times. One of his most famous works is The Canal du Loing at Moret, which he donated to the Musée du Luxembourg after his death in 1899.
Sisley spent a lot of time exploring the banks of the rivers and canal in Moret, producing some of his best-known paintings. The Banks of the Loing towards Moret shows reflections of trees, working craft and small industry, and distant chalk cliffs. The changing color and light are captured well in Le Loing à Moret, painted by Sisley in 1886.
One painting by Sisley from 1891 is Spring in Moret-sur-Loing. This piece displays the picturesque town during springtime when nature comes back to life. It reveals all shades of green growing on trees surrounding striking rooftops made out clay tiles that are typical for this area.
Sisley’s love affair with this charming place materialized into quite a few paintings that allowed him to express how it looked like throughout different seasons. All displaying stunning landscapes attributable to both skillful brushwork and emotional attachment felt by this great post-impressionist artist towards this enchanting French region filled with rich history and breathtaking sceneries.