Alfred Sisley Biography | Oil Paintings

10-30-1839 Paris, FRA - 1-29-1899 Moret-sur-Loing, FRA

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Sisley, Alfred

Born in Paris of English parents, Alfred Sisley had a conventional art education in Paris and at first was strongly influenced by Camille Corot.

In 1862 Alfred Sisley entered the studio of Charles Gleyre, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he was a fellow pupil with Monet and Renoir. Feeling oppressed by academic conventions, he and his classmates began to go outdoors (en Plein air) and filled their sketching and paintings with the natural colors and lights of the surrounding countryside expeditions to Fontainebleau. And so, Impressionism was born. The range of colors employed by Sisley lightened under the influence of his companions.

The Exposition Indépendantes, the first Impressionist show that so affected the course of modern art, contained no less than twenty-one oil canvases by Alfred Sisley. The show caused quite a scandal and generated a lot of negative press, The sale, resulted in the artist’s twenty-one oil paintings bringing in only a little over two thousand Francs. Few of the Impressionists endured the hardships that befell Alfred Sisley, who was reduced at one point to selling reproduction copies of Théodore Rousseau’s paintings and his own canvases for twenty-five Francs. Sisley and Renoir often ate at a restaurant owned by Mr. Murer, a great art lover, he happily accepted Sisley’s oil paintings in lieu of payment for meals with wine, without his generosity, Sisley would have starved.

Alfred Sisley one of the creators of French Impressionism.

From 1874 onward he exhibited with the Impressionists and is regarded as the painter who remained most steadfast to the aims and ideals of that movement. The majority of Sisley's artworks are landscapes, painted in the Loire and Seine river valley, and Thames river. Alfred Sisley reveled in the subtleties of cloud formations and the effects of light, especially in the darting reflection of water.

Hopeless at the business aspects of his art and largely dependent on his father for money, Alfred Sisley spent his last years in great poverty. Like Van Gogh, interest in his paintings only developed after his death. He was one of the creators of French Impressionism, changing the course of art in the nineteenth century and beyond.

Allée des Peupliers de Moret (The Lane of Poplars at Moret) has been stolen three times from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice, first in 1978 when it was on loan in Marseilles, it was recovered a few days later hidden in the city's sewers, secondly in 1998 when the museum's curator was convicted of the theft and jailed for five years for an inside job and thirdly in 2007, again in Marseilles, a year later French police recovered it and three other stolen paintings  from a van.

The very interesting THEN & NOW photo section. See, the present day location that inspired the famous artist Alfred Sisley. We travel the world to find the exact location where the artist set up his easel to paint. We photograph it as it appears today. Now, you can compare side by side photos of the original oil painting and the present-day location.

Art Movement: Impressionism Art.
Artists Influencing Alfred Sisley: Camille Corot, Pierre Renoir, Claude Monet, Charles Gleyre, Gustave Courbet.
He Traveled To England.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.

Alfred Sisley Hand-Painted Oil Painting Reproductions.

Alfred Sisley Museum Art Replicas on Canvas.