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Alfred Sisley
(1839-1899)

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Alfred Sisley was a French landscape painter born in Paris of English parents. He was a pupil in the studio of the Swiss painter Charles Gabriel Gleyre, where he met the French artists Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir. With them, he became one of the founders of the impressionist school of painting. Although Sisley's work attracted little attention in his lifetime, its importance has since been recognized. Sisley's gentle, idyllic paintings, mainly of scenes near Paris, reveal the lifelong influence of the French painter Camille Corot, especially in their soft, harmonious colors. They include La Seine Bougival (circa 1872, Yale University Gallery of Art, New Haven, Connecticut), Flood at Port-Marly (1876, Musée du Louvre, Paris), and Street in Moret (1888, Art Institute of Chicago).


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