Over the past few days I’ve been perusing artworks from the very broad timeline 1750AD – 1920AD. My reason for doing this was to help a friend with a survey to find my favourite artwork from this broad period. It’s very difficult to choose a favourite… there are so many!!! ..and of course they are so varied. I did choose one for the survey… Van Gogh’s ‘Lane with Poplars‘. I like it a lot.
While perusing, I was reminded of an artist whose work appeals to me very much, Alfred Sisley.
Alfred Sisely (30 October 1839 – 29 January 1899) was an Impressionist painter. Some of his friends included Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He was very consistent with his dedication to painting landscapes, en plein air, not often deviating from this subject matter, although there are a few still life paintings sprinkled throughout his body of work.
Sisley painted some 900 paintings in his lifetime.
His painted skies are amazing and I find it very hard to choose a favourite from among all of his paintings. I have had the great pleasure of viewing a Sisley artwork up close, at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, earlier this year. I enjoy his use of colour and consistent use of brushstrokes.
Here are a couple of his artworks to share.
To view more artworks and to read more about Sisley, pop on over to alfredsisley.org