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Title A Street Scene
Original Translation La grande-rue à Argenteuil
Collection Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Sisley, Alfred (French and British painter, 1839-1899)
Date Earliest about 1872
Date Latest about 1875
Signed yes
Description Born in Paris of English parents, Alfred Sisley was a leading member of the Impressionist movement. Significantly, he studied painting at the studio of Charles Gleyre in 1862, working alongside Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. This painting was probably made a decade later, while the artist was staying in Argenteuil with Monet during the early 1670s. Sisley's work did not change dramatically during his career, remaining faithful to the methods and motives of early Impressionism. Consequently, his reputation has not been as closely linked with the subsequent path of modernist painting as has that of Monet, for example. Nevertheless, his importance within the European art world of the 1860s and 1870s is undiminished and he remains best known for his landscape painting and scenes of the Parisian winter.
Current Accession Number NWHCM:1945.90:F
Former Accession Number 90.945
Inscription front ll 'Sisley'
Subject townscape; figure; animal (horse, dog)
Measurements 65.4 x 46.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs D. M. Fulford through the National Art-Collections Fund 1945.
Provenance Georges Petit; Bernheim-Jeune; Durand-Ruel Gallery, 15 October 1928, when sold to [;] Dognin; Durand-Ruel Gallery, Paris, 1928.
Principal Exhibitions Impressionism: Its Masters, its Precursors, and its Influence in Britain, Royal Academy, London, 1974, cat. no. 106; Alfred Sisley Retrospective, Art Life Ltd, Tokyo, Fukoka and Nara, 1985, cat. no. 6; Lighting up the Landscape: French Impressionism and its Origins, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1986, cat. no. 95; Impressionism and Later: Monet to Freud, National Art-Collections Fund with Sotheby's, London, 1989, cat. no. 27, as Une rue à Sèvres; Alfred Sisley, Royal Academy, London, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, and Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1992, cat. no. 12; The Impressionists at Artgenteuil, National Gallery of Art, Washington (touring), 2000, cat. no. 6; Alfred Sisley: Poet of Impressionism, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara (touring), 2002, cat. no. 3, (Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2002, cat. no. 4, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 2003 - 2004, cat. no. 6).
Publications National Art-Collections Fund 42nd Annual Report, 1945, London. 1946, p. 23, no. 1393; Shone, R., Sisley, London, 1992, p. 51, ill. pl. 26; Ikegami, Chuji, New History of World Art Series: Impressionism, Tokyo, 1993, vol. 22, p. 238, ill.; Tucker, P. H., The Impressionists at Argenteuil, New Haven, 2000, p. 54, no. 6, ill.
Notes Fragment of label on stretcher 'Lerondell [...] objets d'art / 76 Rue Blanche Paris'; label on back '865'; inscribed on back '10711'.
Rights Owner Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Author Richard Johns



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