Alfred Sisley

Washerwomen, near Champagne

1882
Alfred Sisley, born British, lived in France for most of his life. Although based in Paris, he often sought to leave the bustling capital. By 1880 he settled not far from the forest of Fontainebleau. Like Claude Monet, Sisley was enchanted with the effects of light and how it transforms the everyday world. Instead of working in romantic isolation like the Barbizon painters had done before him, Sisley chose to position his easel across from a group of washerwomen on the river bank of Champagne-sur-Seine. With his delicate brushwork and masterly sense of tone, Sisley has captured an unassuming and tranquil scene touched by modernity.
Title
Washerwomen, near Champagne
Date
1882
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
48.9 x 72.4 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1914
Accession number
818

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