ALFRED SISLEY (1839-1899)
A founding member of the Impressionist movement, Alfred Sisley is known as the most pure of the Impressionist painters. He lived and worked in Paris for much of his career, moving to the small town of Moret-sur-Loing, near the edge of the Fountainebleau forest, in the 1880s. Captivated by the picturesque town, Sisley even tried to persuade his friend Monet to join him in 1882. He found an abundant supply of motifs in the old architecture and bridges, as well as along the banks of the Loing. Après-midi d’août à veneux was painted in 1881 in Veneux-Nadon, close to Moret-sur-Loing on the left bank of the river
Loing, where Sisley lived from 1880-82.