Snow at Louveciennes (1874) by Alfred Sisley

Snow at Louveciennes - Alfred Sisley - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleSnow at Louveciennes
ArtistAlfred Sisley
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhilips Collection, Washington, DC, US

About Snow at Louveciennes

“Snow at Louveciennes” is an exquisitely executed oil on canvas painting by the impressionist artist Alfred Sisley, created in the year 1873. Measuring 50 by 65 centimeters, the artwork is part of the landscape genre, encapsulating the essence of the Impressionist movement. At present, it is housed in the Philips Collection, located in Washington, DC, United States.

The artwork presents a serene winter scene, where the gentle cover of snow blankets the ground and rooftops, invoking a sense of quietude. The distinctive touch of the Impressionist style is evident in the brisk, loose brushwork that captures the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. A subdued palette conveys the chill of the winter air and the softened sounds of a landscape muffled by snow. The buildings appear cozy yet dormant, nestled within the landscape, and a few trees stand as stripped-back sentinels of the season, their bare branches etched against a cloudy sky. The presence of two figures on the path lends a human element to the scene, contributing to the narrative of daily life continuing even in the cold embrace of winter. Overall, Sisley’s masterful application of color and light imparts a palpable sense of the time and place, characteristic of the Impressionist motive to capture the ‘here and now.’

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