The dazzling, light-filled landscape Les Noyers, effet de soleil couchant–premiers jours d’octobre was painted by Sisley in Moret-sur-Loing in October 1882. The artist first moved with his family to Veneux-Nadon in 1880, and continued to live in that area for the remainder of his life, moving several times between villages before permanently settling in Moret-sur-Loing in 1889. The local scenery offered a constant source of inspiration as he tried to capture the relationship between land, water and sky as well as the changing effects of light on his surroundings. In her discussion of Sisley's paintings executed in this region, Vivienne Couldrey notes, "It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of Moret, for Sisley painted most of his life's work in the area... It is an essentially Impressionist place with the gentle light of the Île-de-France, the soft colors and the constantly changing skies of northern France. There are green woods and pastures, curving tree-lined banks of rivers, canals and narrow streams, wide stretches of the river where the Loing joins the Seine at Saint-Mammès, old stone houses, churches and bridges" (V. Couldrey, Alfred Sisley, The English Impressionist, Exeter, 1992, p. 68).
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