European Art: 19th Century

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Louveciennes in the Snow, 1872

Alfred Sisley

French, 1839-1899
Oil on canvas
20 x 28-3/4 in. (50.8 x 73.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Born in Paris to wealthy English parents, Alfred Sisley spent most of his life in France. With the exception of an incomplete course of study in business in London at the age of 18, and a few visits to the English countryside later in life, Sisley identified deeply with his adopted country across the Channel. Whereas his close friends Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir successfully explored figurative work, Sisley never deviated from landscapes. In this way he can be viewed as the archetypal Impressionist. Painting en plein air—even during the dead of winter, as in this snowy scene—the artist was dedicated to recording the atmospheric effects of the immediate present.

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