Lot 43
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Alfred Sisley

1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
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  • Alfred Sisley
  • La Mare aux canards
  • Signed Sisley and dated 75 (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 1/8 by 21 5/8 in.
  • 45.9 by 55 cm


Christian Otto Zieseniss (acquired before 1929)

Catalogue Note

In 1874, Sisley participated in the now-legendary exhibition that introduced Paris to the group of artists who would forever after be known as the Impressionists.  The present canvas, painted the year following his participation in that watershed event, epitomizes the style that would define his career.   The picture captures the essence of the Impressionist plein-air technique, with its attention to light and shadow and the reflections of the surrounding foliage on the water. As the critic Gustave Geffroy wrote in 1923, Sisley "sought to express the harmonies that prevail, in all weathers and at every time of the day between foliage, water and sky, and he succeeded... He loved river banks; the fringes of woodland; towns and villages glimpsed through the trees; old buildings swamped in greenery; winter morning sunlight, summer afternoons" (G. Geffroy, 'Sisley', in Les Cahiers d'Aujourd'hui, Paris, 1923).