Photographer's Note

Sisley and Moret-sur-Loing

Alfred Sisley died on January 29, 1899 in Moret-sur-Loing, of which he had painted, since 1880, so many landscapes.

With him disappeared the only great Impressionist painter who did not meet success in his lifetime, in spite of moral and financial support expressed by art dealers Paul Durand-Ruel and George Petit, and their efforts to have his work exhibited in Paris and abroad.

However, a year after his death, his painting "Flood at Port-Marly" (exposed today at the Musée d'Orsay) reached a high bidding at the Tavernier sale of March 6, 1900, while being sold to Count Isaac de Camondo. The success, which had been denied to Sisley during his life, stuck thus to his name as of the year following his death.

Sisley was exclusively a landscape painter, who, in the line of Corot, and with Monet, best sought and succeeded in expressing the most subtle nuances of nature in Impressionist landscapes.

British by his birth and his nationality, though he lived in France, he is also in the tradition of Constable, Bonington and Turner. If he was subject to the influence of Monet, he moves away from his friend by his will of construction which makes him respect the structure of forms.

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