Thursday, March 31, 2011

Alfred Sisley (October 30, 1839 – January 29, 1899)

The Seine at Suresnes

Sisley is not the most famous Impressionist, because some view his works as generic or tending towards the Impressionist average, but I love his works. Certainly some of his acquaintances, such as Renoir and Monet, had a greater level of experimentation in their careers, yet there is something about his landscapes that often has a force and vividness that I think is absolutely unique to him; I would even say that he most aptly captured the winds among the Impressionists. Anyway, I adore Sisley and I hope you do as well. 

Still Life with Heron

Storr's Rock, Lady's Cove, Evening

Avenue of Chestnut Trees near La Celle-Saint-Cloud

The Lesson

The Factory at Sevres


  1. I concur with your assessment of Sisley. I think he had to the talent to disguise broad, open brush strokes in a seemingly sharp composition. For example in The Lesson, the darker blue brush strokes on the boy's shirt are right there in front of your eyes if you look up close; but from a distance their shapes seem more meticulously crafted. They really only stand out if you seek them out deliberately.

  2. James, thank you for the comment. Sisley was a very talented Impressionist, putting a great level of thought into each of his pieces.