Friday, January 12, 2007
SISLEY : LE BARRAGE DE SAINT MAMMES
Painted in 1885 by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) born in Paris from English parents. He was an Impressionist but was overshadowed by Monet. After he went to London in 1871 with Claude Monet, he was influenced by Turner and even Constable.
Among Sisley's best known works are Street in Moret and Sand Heaps, both owned by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bridge at Moret-sur-Loing shown at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Compared with that of his colleagues, Sisley's development was neither complex nor dramatic ; the personality his work exudes is reticent and sober, marked by some typically English severity that his French colleagues did not share.
Le Barrage de Saint Mammes sold in 1963 for $ 70,560. At the same sale a Monet "Argenteuil in the sunset" fetched $ 111,220.