Alfred Sisley
British, 1839-1899
High auction record
£7m, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Tate, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
Richard Green Gallery at TEFAF New York Spring 2018,
Richard Green Gallery
Inventing Impressionism,
The National Gallery, London
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection,
Princeton University Art Museum

Alfred Sisley is renowned for creating the atmospheric and inviting landscapes that typify the Impressionist movement. Born in Paris to British parents, Sisley remained in France for most of his life, working closely with fellow Impressionists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He preferred to paint outdoors rather than in the studio, the plain air method enabling him to more directly observe and transcribe the natural light of the French countryside. Sisley visited the UK several times between 1880 and 1900, where he painted scenes of the British coastline, an interesting subject choice given that he rarely if ever produced seascapes while in France. While some place Sisley in a tradition of British landscapists following John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, his limited time spent in the UK makes these artists’ influence on his work uncertain.

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