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Alfred Sisley was born in Paris in 1839 of British parentage.

Sisley was one of the founding members of Impressionism, along with Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, and Jean-Frédéric Bazille. Destined by wealthy English parents for a career in commerce, Sisley began painting as an amateur. On joining the studio of Charles Gleyre as a student in 1862 he met his fellow Impressionists and together they found a common ideal of an art that broke from tradition. Largely a landscape painter, Sisley’s work is set apart from that of the other Impressionists for its soft, harmonious qualities. At the outbreak of the Franco-German war in 1870 Sisley fled to London, as did Renoir and Monet. The war brought financial hardship to the Sisley family, and from this point forward Sisley spent much of his life in poverty.

Sisley exhibited with the Impressionists in 1874, 1876, 1877 and 1882, and staged his first dedicated exhibition in Paris in 1883. From 1872–1880, he worked at Louveciennes, Marly-le-Roi, Sèvres, St Cloud and Meudon and elsewhere on the outskirts of Paris during which time he produced what is often considered to be his most spontaneous and significant work. He then settled in 1880 near Moret-sur-Loing, where he painted the majority of his late works. Sisley also worked in Britain, in 1874 around the area of Hampton Court, and in 1897 on the coast near Cardiff.

Sisley’s works feature in many of the world’s most important museums and private collections.

Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.

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