Louveciennes in the Snow

Alfred Sisley (French, 1839-1899)
Oil on canvas 
20 x 28-3/4 in. (50.8 x 73.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

An English expatriate, Sisley trained alongside Monet and Renoir in Paris during the 1860s and joined his friends in the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s, where his works were distinguished by their radical economy of means. Here, portraying fresh snow in an open field, he used a few quick strokes to convey roofs and chimneys, trees silhouetted against a cloudy sky, a woman carrying a basket in the middle distance. The winter of 1872–73 was particularly severe, as the Impressionists’ pictures of towns up and down the Seine attest: snow falls on Monet’s Argenteuil; frost sparkles at Pissarro’s Pontoise. Sisley and his colleagues had settled in these places—each a short train ride from Paris—for their cheap rents and ready access to nature.


Picq-Véron, Ermont-Eaubonne, sold 25 June 1892 to;
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, sold 17 July 1892 to];
Henri Vever (1854-1943), Paris (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 1-2 February 1897, lot 112, as Effet de Neige, for ff. 2200 to);
Mme Rambaud (probably Raimbaud).
Mme Cancurte, Paris.
[Hector Brame, Paris, sold 25 January 1951 to];
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, stock no. 2533, sold 27 February 1951 to];
Audrey E. Pleydell-Bouverie, London, by bequest to;
[David Gibbs, New York, sold 25 September 1968 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation, transferred 1996 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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