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Alfred SISLEY

Alfred SISLEY

1839–1899, France

Name: Alfred SISLEY
Birth: 1839, 30/10, France
Died: 1899, 29/1, France

Alfred Sisley was an English Impressionist landscape painter who was born, and spent most of his life, in France. Sisley is generally recognized as the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (i.e., outdoors). He never deviated into figure painting and, unlike Renoir and Pissarro, never found that Impressionism did not fulfill his artistic needs.
Among his most important works are a series of paintings of Thames, executed in 1874, and various landscapes depicting places in or near Moret-sur-Loing.
Alfred Sisley was born in Paris to affluent English parents. His father William Sisley was in the silk business, and his mother Felicia Sell was a cultivated music connoisseur. In 1857, at the age of 18, Sisley was sent to London to study for a career in business, but he abandoned it after four years and returned to Paris in 1861. Beginning in 1862 he studied at the atelier of Swiss artist Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, where he became acquainted with Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Together they would paint landscapes en plein air rather than in the studio, in order to realistically capture the transient effects of sunlight. This approach, innovative at the time, 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. Their works were usually rejected by the jury of the most important art exhibition in France, the annual Salon. During the 1860s, though, Sisley was in a better position than some of his fellow artists, for he received an allowance from his father.
In 1866 Sisley began a relationship with Eugénie Lesouezec (1834–1898; also known as Marie Lescouezec), a Breton living in Paris. The couple produced two children: son Pierre (born 1867) and daughter Jeanne (1869). At the time, Sisley lived not far from Avenue de Clichy and the Café Guerbois, the gathering place of many Parisian painters. In 1868 his paintings were accepted at the Salon, but the exhibition did not bring him any financial or critical success, and neither did any of the subsequent exhibitions.
The Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, and as a result, Sisley\\\\\\\'s father\\\\\\\'s business failed. The painter\\\\\\\'s sole means of support became the sale of his works. For the remainder of his life he would live in poverty, for his paintings only rose significantly in monetary value after his death. Occasionally, however, Sisley would be backed up by his patrons: this allowed him, among other things, to make a few brief trips to England. The first of these occurred in 1874 after the first independent Impressionist exhibition. The result of a few months spent near London was a series of nearly twenty paintings of the Upper Thames near Molesey, which was later described by art historian Kenneth Clark as \\\\\\\"a perfect moment of Impressionism.\\\\\\\"
Until 1880, Sisley lived and worked in the countryside west of Paris; then Sisley and his family moved to a small village near Moret-sur-Loing, close to the forest of Fontainebleau where the painters of the Barbizon school had worked earlier in the century. Here, as art historian Anne Poulet has said, \\\\\\\"the gentle landscapes with their constantly changing atmosphere were perfectly attuned to his talents. Unlike Monet, he never sought the drama of the rampaging ocean or the brilliantly colored scenery of the Côte d\\\\\\\'Azur. In 1881 Sisley made one more brief voyage to England.
In 1897 Sisley and his partner visited Wales and were finally married in Cardiff Register Office on 5 August. They stayed at Penarth until fall, then returned to France. This was Sisley\\\\\\\'s last voyage to his ancestral homeland. The following year he applied for French citizenship but was refused; a second application was made and supported by a police report, however illness intervened, with Sisley remaining English till his death. The painter died in Moret-sur-Loing at the age of 59, just a few months after the death of his wife.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Sisley#Biography

Route à Louveciennes by Alfred SISLEY

Route à Louveciennes (-74)

Price GBP 2,165,000 (€2,862,113)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 18,000,000–2,500,000
Paysanne Sous Les Arbres Fruitiers by Alfred SISLEY

Paysanne Sous Les Arbres Fruitiers (Executed ca. 1865-66)

Price SEK 3,920,000 (€440,922)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated SEK 800,000–1,200,000
Saint-mammès-le Soir by Alfred SISLEY

Saint-mammès-le Soir (Executed in 1885)

Price USD 782,500 (€611,406)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 500,000–700,000
L'allée Des Peupliers à Moret Au Bord Du Loing by Alfred SISLEY

L'allée Des Peupliers à Moret Au Bord Du Loing (1890)

Price USD 2,882,500 (€2,252,241)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 2,500,000–3,500,000
Le Loing à Moret by Alfred SISLEY

Le Loing à Moret (1885)

Price USD 1,314,500 (€1,027,085)
Estimated USD 1,000,000–1,500,000
Le Village De Champagne Au Coucher Du Soleil, Avril by Alfred SISLEY

Le Village De Champagne Au Coucher Du Soleil, Avril (1885)

Price USD 962,500 (€752,049)
Estimated USD 800,000–1,200,000