The Artist: Alfred Sisley was close friend of Claude Monet, the master impressionist. His paintings were carrying some flavour like the Monet’s artwork. But Sisley’s excellent structuring of the forms in his paintings made him clearly standing out of the shadow of Monet’s artistic influence. (Image Courtesy By Alfred Sisley (1839–1899) Description French painter, lithographer and etcher Date of birth/death 30 October 1839(1839-10-30) 29 January 1899(1899-01-29) Location of birth/death Paris Moret-sur-Loing Work location Paris, Fontainebleau, Île-de-France, London [public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)
In the above landscape paintings, Sisley had illustrated the most subtle nuances of the nature, the daylight. As an impressionist painter, it was his utmost desire to express the feel of ‘here and now’ of the scenes he painted.
In addition to the masterly painted oils on canvas, Alfred Sisley had produced several remarkably beautiful watercolours, too. After seeing his paintings, we can arrive at a conclusion that, Sisley had keen interest in creating coloured impressions of the trees and the buildings. Sisley’s paintings are beautifully decorated by beautifully painted clouds above landscapes. His mastery in expressing the changing effects of light falling on the trees, the buildings and the land made his paintings much valuable.
Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899) was born to the parents who were British. That did not prevent him from passing his life in the artistic air of
In Alfred Sysley’s paintings we can see the scale and liveliness of these great painters. Though he had received active and monetary from a group of renowned art-dealers of his time, it was his misfortune that he could not reach the height of recognition until he was alive. Ironically enough, shortly after his death in 1899, his art pieces started getting attention of viewers and critics. They all greeted his paintings with great respect and positive responses. Sysley’s paintings carried the shade of Monet’s artwork, as Claude Monet was among his closest friends. However Sisley’s precise construction of the forms on his canvases would make him an outstanding artist on his own calibre.
In most of his painting we would not miss the beautifully painted clouds above landscape. It was his masterly expression of the ever-changing light that fell on the objects he painted. These precision-clad lights and shadows made his paintings so memorable.
OTHER PAINTINGS BY ALFRED SISLEY
Bridge of Moret in Summer, by Alfred Sisley.
For an impressionist painter, the controlling of effects of light is an issue demanding artistic skill. While painting out of the doors, it is difficult to choose colours; especially when the artists has to work with his or her eyes half shut due to the presence of blazing sunlight. When an artist paint out of the doors, the same set of principles of painting applies; but it is hard to sort out the chaos of colours and keep their tonal values in tact, especially in the impressionist style of painting. (Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
The above 'Oil on Canvas' is presently displayed at Sammlung Acquavella Galleries New York. It looks geometrically divided into four parts. Horizontally divided in to by the horizon itself,just above the distant trees. Again the canvas is vertically divided by the straigh trees in the left side. Through all the four areas, masterly painted in impressist style, the master artist Alfred Sisley had created an order in the space.
Using Light as Source
The blue, green and brigh yellow spread in day light scene helps in making the whole painting a balanced one for the eyes of viewers. Here the artist has used the unmixed primary colours. The small strokes have stimulated the light following on the water flowing under the bridge. The bright yellow in the foreground landscape had contributed in creating the general impression of the sunny afternoon. The eye-catching aspect of this painting is that the artist Alfred Sisley has made a strong attempt to record the visual reality of the day time. He has succeeded in transferring the transient effects of the light and colour on canvas.
Catching General Impression
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LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS: Capturing Moods of Nature