Alfred Sisley, a Landscape Impressionist Artist

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Alfred Sisley was born on October 30th 1839 in Paris, France. Sisley was a landscape impressionist artist. Sisley’s original works when he was a student are all lost however his earliest recorded painting; Lane near a Small Town, is thought to be painted around 1864. Some of Sisley’s most famous works are Street in Moret & Sand Heaps. Another one of his paintings The Lane of Poplars at Moret was stolen 3 times once in 1978, again in august of 2007 and another time on the 4th of June is 2008. In 2008 it was recovered along with 5 other paintings. Very large amounts of fake Sisley’s have been discovered all around the world. He produced over 1000 paintings; 900 of them being oil paintings and about 100 pastel paintings, even thought the artist only lived to be 59 years old. Alfred Sisley Biography[edit]

Sisley was born on 30 October 1839 in Paris to affluent British parents. His father, William Sisley, was in the silk business, and his mother Felicia Sell was a cultivated music connoisseur. In 1857 at the age of 18, Sisley was sent to London to study for a career in business, but he abandoned it after four years and returned to Paris in 1861. From 1862, he studied at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts within the atelier of Swiss artist Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, where he became acquainted with Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Together they would paint landscapes en plein air rather than in the studio, in order to realistically capture the transient effects of sunlight. This approach, innovative at the time, resulted in paintings more colorful and more broadly painted than the public was accustomed to seeing. Consequently, Sisley and his friends initially had few opportunities to exhibit or sell their work. Their works were usually rejected by the jury of the most important art exhibition in France, the annual Salon. During the 1860s, though, Sisley was in a better financial position than some of his fellow artists, as he received an...
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