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ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)

 
ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. ALFRED SISLEY - Confluent de la Seine et du Loing - oil on canvas - 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.
Confluent de la Seine et du Loing188521 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.(53.98 x 73.03 cm) oil on canvas
Provenance
John Pickering Lyman, New York
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York (acquired from the above on June 19, 1911)
H.S. Adler,  New York (acquired from the above on February 14, 1920)
E.J. Van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam (acquired by 1949)
Margaret A. Crang, Canada (acquired from the above and sold by the estate: Christie's New York, November 11, 1997, lot 104)
Private Collection, USA
Sale: Sotheby’s New York Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, Painted Light: Works from a Distinguished American Collection Sold
...More... to Benefit Charitable Causes, November 12, 2018, lot 14
Private Collection, California
Literature
François Daulte, Alfred Sisley, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Lausanne, 1959, no. 620, illustrated n.p.
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“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.” – Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet were the closest of friends. In Sisley’s final hours in January 1899, it was Monet he called to his bedside to entrust his children to his protection. Monet rushed to his side, and later, took charge of the sale of organizing the sale of works and gathered friends to present a Sisley painting to the Musée du Luxenbourg. Today, Sisley is indelibly linked to Monet with as much appreciation as his contemporaries concluded — that the quieter character of Sisley’s work deserved as much attention and praise. “Sisley is less bold, perhaps, than Monet; he treats us to fewer surprises, but he is never left high and dry, as Monet sometimes is, through trying to render effects so fleeting that there is no time to capture them…” (Theodore Duret, Les Peintre impressionnistes, Paris, 1878).  It is a disservice to compare any painter’s working habits with Monet’s disciplined obsession with moment-by-moment transience. Yet a canvas such as Confluent de la Seine et du Loing demonstrates Sisley’s extraordinary ability to touch a state of delicacy, refinement and upbeat positivism that captures the qualities we find so endearing in Monet’s most beloved period of work at Argenteuil between 1872 and 1876.  Sisley, his wife, and children had lived there with Monet and family in 1872 and had painted side-by-side on at least two occasions. Yet at that time, Sisley’s canvases displayed as much, or more devotion to Corot than the emerging qualities inherent in Impressionism. 

Sisley made the area surrounding the small towns scattered along the banks of the Siene and the Loing his own beginning in 1880. They included Moret-sur-Loing, Saint-Mammès and Venux-Nadon. In 1882, at a time Monet lived at Verteuil, remained bereft over the death of his wife Camille and uncertain where to move next, Sisley entreated him join him here two hours southeast of Paris to explore what he called “a chocolate-box landscape…” (Monet would decline and instead claim Giverny as his new home the following spring of 1883.) Confluent de la Seine et du Loing is a view along the conjoined canal and river looking northwest toward the confluence of the Loing and Seine. One of the series of waterways which join Paris to Lyon, known as the Bourbonnais Route, these passageways were constructed in the early eighteenth century, and still carry barges of grain from the farms in central France. There was a particular charm to this locale and Sisley conveyed it to his dealer Durand-Ruel when he wrote that, “I have started work again. I have several canvases in hand of watersides.”

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  • Sisley38276_History1
    Alfred Sisley, 1882
  • Sisley38276_History2
    Saint Mammès, Construction de bateaux, Pastel on paper
  • Sisley38276_History3
    Bords du Loing à Saint-Mammès, 1885 (just downriver and looking south rather than north)
  • Sisley38276_History4
    Postcard of Moret-sur-Loing, where Sisley lived in 1885

Top Results at Auction

“Effet de Neige à Louveciennes” (1874), oil on canvas, 21 ¼ x 25 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 1 March 2017 for $9,065,000
“Effet de Neige à Louveciennes” (1874), oil on canvas, 21 ¼ x 25 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 1 March 2017 for $9,065,000
“Le loing à Moret, en été” (1891), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 February 2007 for $5,746,000
“Le loing à Moret, en été” (1891), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 February 2007 for $5,746,000
“Moret au Coucher du Soleil, Octobre” (1888), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 November 2015 for $4,954,000
“Moret au Coucher du Soleil, Octobre” (1888), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 November 2015 for $4,954,000
“Le loing à Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 4 November 2014 for $4,869,000
“Le loing à Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 4 November 2014 for $4,869,000

Comparable Paintings Sold at Auction

“Le loing à Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 4 November 2014 for $4,869,000
“Le loing à Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 4 November 2014 for $4,869,000
  • Comparable in size and composition to “Confluent de la Seine et du Loing”
  • Sisley moved to this region in 1880, and his most celebrated works from this period depict scenes along the Loing river
  • The painting was acquired for the permanent collection of The Museum Berberini, Potsdam
“Le Loing à Moret” (1886), oil on canvas, 21 ½ x 29 in. Sold at Christie’s London:18 June 2007 for $4,257,000
“Le Loing à Moret” (1886), oil on canvas, 21 ½ x 29 in. Sold at Christie’s London:18 June 2007 for $4,257,000
  • Comparable in size and composition to “Confluent de la Seine et du Loing”
  • Sisley scenes of this location are found in museum collections worldwide
  • Exemplifies how Sisley painted similar views with changing conditions of light and weather
“Les peupliers à Moret-sur-Loing, après midi d’août” (1888), oil on canvas, 23 ¾ x 29 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 8 May 2018 for $4,212,500
“Les peupliers à Moret-sur-Loing, après midi d’août” (1888), oil on canvas, 23 ¾ x 29 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 8 May 2018 for $4,212,500
  • Another view of the Loing comparable in size to “Confluent de la Seine et du Loing”
  • From the prestigious David Rockefeller collection before its sale in 2018
“Moret au Coucher du Soleil, Octobre” (1888), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 ½ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 November 2015 for $4,954,000
“Moret au Coucher du Soleil, Octobre” (1888), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 ½ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 5 November 2015 for $4,954,000
  • A late fall/early winter scene of one of Sisley’s favored subjects, the Loing riverside
  • Masterfully combines the natural elements of the landscape with the small village

Paintings in Museum Collections

“Bridge at Moret- sur-Loing” (1891), oil on canvas, 23 ½ x 28 ½ in., The Philadelphia Museum of Art
“Bridge at Moret- sur-Loing” (1891), oil on canvas, 23 ½ x 28 ½ in., The Philadelphia Museum of Art
“The Loing at Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in., The Museum Berberini, Potsdam
“The Loing at Moret” (1883), oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in., The Museum Berberini, Potsdam
“Saint-Mammès-sur-le-Loing” (1886), oil on canvas, 21 ¼ x 28 ¾ in., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon
“Saint-Mammès-sur-le-Loing” (1886), oil on canvas, 21 ¼ x 28 ¾ in., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon
“Saint Mammès” (1885), oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 38 7/8 in., Princeton University Art Museum
“Saint Mammès” (1885), oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 38 7/8 in., Princeton University Art Museum
“Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.” – Alfred Sisley

Additional Resources

Watch the video from the 2017 Alfred Sisley exhibition at the Bruce Museum in CT
“Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Master” January 21, 2017 – May 21, 2017, the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
A current exhibition at the Bund One Art Museum in Shanghai features paintings by Sisley alongside Monet, Pissarro, Manet, Renoir, and many other notable Impressionists

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