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Alfred Sisley: A Prolific Yet Underappreciated Artist

 Alfred Sisley was a 19th-century British painter who spent most of his life in France, pouring the beautiful landscapes he saw onto canvases. Born in Paris to a wealthy British Family, Sisley's life was meant to take the business route, as his father's had. However, at age 22, after 4 years of studying business in London, he left his course and returned to Paris. The following year he enrolled at Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, one of the most influential art schools in France. It was here he would meet his friends and fellow impressionist painters Claude Monet, Frederic Bazille, and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Together, the 4 of them painted their way across the scenic spots of Paris, but their works were often rejected by galleries and exhibitions. 

Though he lived comfortably initially on allowances from his father, after the family business crashed, Sisley spent most of his life in poverty, like many other artists in this era. He had a few loyal patrons and with their help, he and his wife survived the hard times. Though he never gained fame or fortune, many of his works are revered today and can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, and the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Nice. Sisley's work revolved around landscapes and cityscapes, with his heart and soul etched into the painted sky. In his 30 year career, this magnificent impressionist painter created over 900 stunning pieces, like these beauties listed below.

1. Avenue of Chestnut Trees at La Celle-Saint-Cloud, 1865 

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Avenue of Chestnut Trees at La Celle-Saint-Cloud, 1865

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

2. View of Montmartre from Cité des Fleurs to Les Batignolles, 1869

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, View of Montmartre from Cité des Fleurs to Les Batignolles, 1869

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

3. The Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne, 1872 

painter Alfred Sisley, The Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne, 1872

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

4. The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), 1872 

painter Alfred Sisley, The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), 1872

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

5. Sentier de la mi-cote, Louveciennes, 1872

painter Alfred Sisley, Sentier de la mi-cote, Louveciennes, 1872

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

6. Under Hampton Court Bridge, 1874 

painter Alfred Sisley, Under Hampton Court Bridge, 1874

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

7. Place du Chenil in Marly, Snow Effect, 1876

t painter Alfred Sisley, Place du Chenil in Marly, Snow Effect, 1876

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

8. Barges at Billancourt, 1877

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Barges at Billancourt, 1877

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

9. Allée of Chestnut Trees, 1878

painter Alfred Sisley, Allée of Chestnut Trees, 1878

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

10. The Banks of the Oise, 1878

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Banks of the Oise, 1878

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

11. The Road from Versailles to Louveciennes, 1879

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Road from Versailles to Louveciennes , 1879

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

12. The Small Meadows in Spring, 1880

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Small Meadows in Spring, 1880

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

13. The Loing at Saint-Mammès, 1881

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Loing at Saint-Mammès, 1881

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

14. Path at Sablons, 1883

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Path at Sablons, 1883

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

15. Saint Mammès-Morning, 1884 

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Saint Mammès-Morning, 1884

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

16. Moret at Sunset, 1888

painter Alfred Sisley, Moret at Sunset, 1888

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

17. The Canal du Loing in Winter, 1891

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Canal du Loing in Winter, 1891

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

18. The Church at Moret in the Morning Sun, 1893

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, The Church at Moret in the Morning Sun, 1893

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

19. Langland Bay, 1897 

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Langland Bay, 1897

(By Alfred Sisley, Wikimedia Commons)  

20. Cabins along the Loing Canal, Sunlight Effect, 1896

Painted landscape and other works of art made by 19th century impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, Cabins along the Loing Canal, Sunlight Effect, 1896

(By Irina, Wikimedia Commons)  

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