Boatyard at Saint-Mammès

Alfred Sisley (French, 1839 - 99)

1885. Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 28 7/8". 1991.001.068

The painter Camille Pissarro wrote that Alfred Sisley “is a great painter and in my opinion ranks among the masters.” Of all the French Impressionists, however, Sisley suffered most from lack of recognition, eventually dying in poverty. In 1880, Sisley moved to Saint-Mammès, a village on the river Loing. Five years later he produced a series of paintings of boats being constructed there. In this work, Sisley has painted a landscape, radiant with bright, warm sunlight, that suggests the ceaseless movement of the river and the rocking of the boats.

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