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update 14 September 2021

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Alfred Sisley [Paris, 1839 - Moret-sur-Loing, 1899]

Landscape at Louveciennes

Date1873
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)54 x 73
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: Sisley. 73
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Daulte 91
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1981-0004
Landscape at Louveciennes

During the days of the Paris Commune in 1871, Sisley moved to the small village of Louveciennes about thirty kilometers to the west of Paris. Except for the four-month period of his trip to England during the summer of 1874, he lived in Louveciennes until the end of 1874. During this period, he joined Monet and Renoir in the depiction of the scenery of the Seine from Argenteuil and the forests of Marly. Traces of his activity can be found in the various areas of the Ile-de-France region. During 1873, he spent most of his time in Louveciennes, where he became completely absorbed in the creation of landscapes of the village and its surrounding scenery. This work was painted in 1873 near this village. One small path cuts diagonally across an undulating field, and two figures draw the viewer's gaze into the depths of the painting and provide human interest to the scene as they stroll along this path. This landscape lacks any one element to particularly catch the viewer's attention as it spreads from the grassy verge in the foreground across fields to a forests, and then on to the hills and a broad expanse of sky. Sisley's great respect for the ordering of space can frequently be found in his early works and here can be seen in the image's exact expression of perspective. Sisley used an extremely subdued palette which allows each object to appear fresh in its subtle coloring. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.79)

Provenance

Maurice Leclanché, Paris; Auc. Maurice Leclanché, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Nov. 6. 1924, no. 95; Allard Coll., Paris (acquired at the above sale); Lord Clark, London; Wildenstein & Co.; Mrs. A. L. Leopold Williams, London; David Carrit Ltd., London; Purchased by the NMWA, 1982.

Exhibition History

1904
Sisley, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Paris, 1904 - 1904, cat. no. 24
1981
Alfred Sisley, David Carrit Ltd., London, 1981 - 1981, cat. no. 4, repr.
1985
Retrospective Alfred Sisley, Isetan Museum of Art, 7 March 1985 - 14 April 1985, Fukuoka Art Museum, 18 April-12 May; Nara Prefectural Museum, 18 May-30 June, cat. no. 9 (entry by Lloyd, Christopher. p. 161)
1989
The French Modern Painting, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Miyakonojo City Museum, 15 April 1989 - 14 May 1989, cat. no. 5, col. repr.
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Cultural Center of Kagawa Prefecture, Takamatsu, 28 April 1990 - 13 May 1990, cat. no. 5
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Cultural Center of Toyota City, 19 May 1990 - 3 June 1990, cat. no. 5
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum, 10 April 1990 - 23 April 1990, cat. no. 5
1991
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Tendo City Museum of Art, Tendo, 1 November 1991 - 24 November 1991, cat. no. 5
1991
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Hachinohe City Museum of Art, 28 September 1991 - 27 October 1991, cat. no. 5
1992
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Urasoe Art Museum, 3 November 1992 - 7 December 1992, cat. no. 5
1994
Paris en 1874: L'Année de l'Impressionnisme (Paris in 1874: The Year of Impressionism), National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 20 September 1994 - 27 November 1994, cat. no. 47
1996
The Birth of Impressionism, Tobu Museum of Art, 30 March 1996 - 30 June 1996, cat. no. 139, col. repr.
2011
The Locus of Art: Aesthetics of Seiro Mayekawa from Dürer to Tsune Nakamura, Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 3 September 2011 - 10 October 2011, cat. no. 3, col. repr.
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, Pola Museum of Art, 13 July 2013 - 24 November 2013, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013-9 March 2014, cat. no. 26, col. repr.
2015
Alfred Sisley: impressionniste, peintre paysagiste des ciels et des berges, Nerima Art Museum, 20 September 2015 - 15 November 2015, cat. no. 3, col. repr.

Bibliography

1959
Daulte, François. Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Lausanne, 1959, no. 91, repr.
1983
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1983 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 57, repr.
1983
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 16 (1981), 1983, Tomiyama, Hideo. On the New Acquisitions 1981. pp. 8-9, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions 1981. pp. 18-19, repr.
1989
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1989 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 69, repr.
1990
Catalogue of painting acquisitions: 1979-1989. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1990, pp. 67-68, repr.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 79, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 94, col. repr.

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