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Alfred Sisley
BORDS DU LOING PRÈS DE MORET
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LOT SOLD. 2,882,500 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Alfred Sisley
BORDS DU LOING PRÈS DE MORET
Estimate
2,000,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 2,882,500 GBP
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Alfred Sisley
1839 - 1899
BORDS DU LOING PRÈS DE MORET
signed Sisley (lower left)
oil on canvas
73 by 92cm.
28 3/4 by 36 1/4 in.
Painted in 1892.
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The Comité Alfred Sisley has confirmed the authenticity of this work. It will be included in the new edition of the Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint de Alfred Sisley by François Daulte being prepared at Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
Wildenstein & Co., Paris & New York
Mrs Norman B. Woolworth, New York
Galerie Hopkins Custot, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2000

Exhibited

New York, Wildensten & Co., Sisley, 1966, no. 64, illustrated in the catalogue
New York, Acquavella Galleries, Four Masters of Impressionism, 1968, no. 51, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia, Monet, la Senna, le ninfee. Il grande fiume e il nuovo secolo, 2004-05, no. 35, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Passariano, Villa Manin, L'età di Courbet e Monet, 2009-10, no. 112, illustrated in the catalogue
Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes, L'impressionnisme au fil de la Seine, 2010, no. 35, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Tokyo, The National Art Center; Dazaifu, Kyushu National Museum & Nagoya, Nagoya City Art Museum, Van Gogh. The Adventure of becoming an Artist, 2010-11, no. 72, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Wuppertal, Von der Heydt-Museum, Alfred Sisley. Der wahre Impressionist, 2011-12, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Julien Leclerq, 'Alfred Sisley', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 21, March 1899, illustrated p. 231
Théodore Duret, Histoire des Peintres Impressionnistes, Paris, 1906, illustrated p. 91
Jules Lieure, 'La Gazettes des Beaux-Arts et la Gravure', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 75, 1933, no. 2, mentioned pp. 351-364
François Daulte, Alfred Sisley. Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, Lausanne, 1959, no. 795, illustrated
Raymond Cogniat, Sisley, Munich, 1978, illustrated p. 78
Charlotte van Regenmortel, Benno Tempel et al., Miracle de la couleur. Impressionnisme en post-Impressionnisme, Zwolle, 2003, no. 14, illustrated p. 158
Munch e lo spirito del Nord (exhibition catalogue), Villa Manin, Passariano, 2010, illustrated p. 18

Catalogue Note

Bords du Loing près de Moret ranks amongst the finest achievements of Sisley's mature œuvre. The crystalline brilliance of the afternoon light falling across the banks of the river is beautifully rendered by the artist's staccato brushstrokes. The motif of poplars planted in long avenues is one which distinguishes the French countryside, and one which Sisley's colleague Monet devoted many canvases to during the same period as the present work was painted (fig. 1). In 1880 Alfred Sisley settled with his family in the village of Moret-sur-Loing, fifty kilometres south of Paris, on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau. On 31st August 1881 he wrote to Monet: ‘Moret is two hours journey from Paris, and has plenty of places to let at six hundred to a thousand francs. There is a market once a week, a pretty church, and beautiful scenery round about. If you were thinking of moving, why not come and see?’ (A. Sisley quoted in Sisley (exhibition catalogue), op. cit., 1966).  

Sisley remained in Moret until his death in 1899, and it was here that his work achieved its final flowering; incorporating both his favourite compositional motifs, such as the receding avenue of trees, to a distinctly post-impressionist approach to applying paint. The surrounding landscape of Moret provided limitless variation and opportunity for painting. The polar-lined banks of the Loing are depicted, in a similar configuration to the present work, in numerous canvases painted through the final decade of his life. As Richard Shone explains: 'The fame of Moret rested not so much on what was found inside the town but on the view it presented from across the Loing. Old flour and tanning mills clustered along the bridge; the river, scattered with tiny islands, seemed more like a moat protecting the houses and terraced gardens that, on either side the sturdy Porte de Bourgogne, in turn defended the pinnacled tower of the church. Add to this the tree-lined walks along the river, the continuous sound of water from the weir and the great wheels of the mills, the houseboats and fishermen, and there was, as every guidebook exclaimed, 'a captivating picture', a sight 'worthy of the brush'. These supremely picturesque aspects of Moret left Sisley unabashed’ (R. Shone, Sisley, London, 1992, p. 159).

Although Sisley was the quintessential Impressionist painter his compositional motifs often derived from classical arrangements which he admired. A particular favourite was Meindert Hobbema's Avenue at Middelharnis (1689, National Gallery, London) which shares a lithe avenue of poplars as its central device with the present work. The extraordinary vitality of Sisley's trees is amplified by the gloriously vernal atmosphere evoked by the verdant palette employed. The beautifully painted cobalt blue sky embodies the importance that the artist attached to this part of the landscape, as explained in a letter to his friend, the art critic Adolphe Tavernier: 'The sky is not simply a background; its planes give depth (for the sky has planes, as well as solid ground), and the shapes of clouds give movement to a picture. What is more beautiful indeed than the summer sky, with its wispy clouds idly floating across the blue? What movement and grace! Don't you agree? They are like waves on the sea; one is uplifted and carried away' (quoted in Sisley (exhibition catalogue), op. cit., 1966).

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