Sisley was one of the most consistent of Impressionist painters, concentrating almost exclusively on landscapes. He was born in Paris to Anglo-French parents and sent to London to train for the family business. His family, however, supported his decision to paint. In 1863 he entered Gleyre's studio in Paris and met Monet, Renoir and Bazille. Their resulting friendship determined the course of his painting. As an Impressionist he concentrated on capturing the changing effects of light, painting directly from nature with short lively brushstrokes. Sisley contributed to four of the eight Impressionist exhibitions held between 1874 and 1886.