Alfred Sisley

French (1839 - 1899)
Alfred Sisley Effet de Neige (Snow Effect) 1880 - 1885


Born 1839
Died 1899
Nationality French
Birth place Paris
Death place Moret-sur-Loing

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.

Glossary terms

  • An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

  • A drawing material made from ground pigment bound with enough gum or resin to hold it together in a stick, often smudged on paper to produce soft, atmospheric effects.