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Alfred Sisley

1839 - 1899

Sisley was British by birth, although born in Paris and spending a lot of his time in France. In 1862 he enrolled in Gleyre's studio to study painting and there became friendly with Bazille, Monet and Renoir.

His early landscapes (Rue de village A Marlotte) are sombre in tone , but display a detailed construction and a taste for broad areas of sky and ample spaces.

In 1870 he lightened his palette and began to use broken touches and strokes of juxtaposed colour.

Sisley is one of the great painters of the Impressionist movement. A fervent disciple of outdoor painting and clear tone values, like Corot and Pissarro he loved he loved the countryside of the Ile-de-France. His work, however, differs from theirs in its concern for composition and an almost monumental balance, contrasting with the quiet familiarity of his chosen sites.