Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899)

Alfred Sisley (October 30, 1839 – January 29, 1899) was an English Impressionist landscape painter who, apart from a period spent in London in 1857-61 and brief trips to England from 1870 to 1871 (during the Franco-Prussian War) and again in 1874, lived his entire life and worked in France. Alfred Sisley was born on the 30th October 1839, in Paris. His parents were English William Sisley and Felicia Sell. His father William Sisley was a successful exporter to the USA.

Alfred Sisley received an excellent education, even studying English and business in London before returning to Paris in 1862. He took the opportunity to study the works of John Constable and William Turner. However Sisley wasn’t attracted to the business-world and returned to Paris at age 23. His father supported him and decided to send him to the École des Beaux-Arts in the atelier of Charles-Gabriel Gleyre. Fellow students of Gleyre included Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Frédéric Bazille. Their friendship was to revolutionize painting and radically change the history of art. Together they would paint landscapes in the open air in order to realistically capture transient effects of sunlight. This innovative approach resulted in paintings more colorful and more broadly painted than the public was accustomed to seeing. Consequently, Sisley and his friends initially had few opportunities to exhibit or sell their work.

Alfred Sisley Paintings

A Bend in the Loing, Sunlight A Cardiff Shipping Lane A Corner of the Roches-Courtaut Woods, June A May Morning in Moret A Road in Seine-et-Marne A Small Street in Louveciennes A Village Street in Winter Abandoned Cottage Abandoned House Abandoned House Among the Vines near Louveciennes An Autumn Evening near Paris