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Alfred Sisley

The Plain at Veneux-Nadon

Artist

Alfred Sisley
Paris 1839 – Moret-sur-Loing, France, 1899

Title

The Plain at Veneux-Nadon

Date

1881

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

50.5 x 65.3 cm

Credits

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ivanier, inv. 1983.17

Collection

Western Art

Although he trained for a career in business in London, Sisley returned to his birthplace, Paris, to pursue painting. He was accepted into the famous École des Beaux-Arts and quickly made friends with a group of artists who would together form the Impressionists. Those painters explored the transient effects of sunlight on landscapes using short, choppy brushstrokes. While Sisley’s innovative technique is admired today, the sketch-like appearance of his works shocked nineteenth-century audiences and, as a result, he was never able to become financially secure through his art. Throughout his career, Sisley perfected his style through the depiction of landscapes in the area around Paris known as the Île-de-France, in towns and villages such as Moret-sur-Loing, Sèvres, Marly-le-Roi and, as exemplified by this painting, Veneux-Nadon.

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