Description & Technical information

Having  returned from London in 1859, Sisley entered Charles Gleyre's atelier in Paris. Four years later, he had two works accepted for the first time at the official Salon. These were not history paintings but landscapes
of the village of Marlotte, on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau.

As such they declared the artist's commitment to landscape painting as it  had been defined from the 1830s by Corot and members of the School of  Barbizon.

Furthermore, although it would appear that he adhered
to their principle of making sketches outdoors, the scale, the careful  balanced composition and studied technique of our work indicate that he followed the normal practice of landscape artists at the time of working up plein-air studies back in the studio to create finished exhibition pictures.

By the mid-1860s, Sisley was applying his paint in
broad, quite heavily-loaded brushwork which firmly defined the objects portrayed, be the trees in blossom or the careful recorded wooden table and benches.

The Franco-Prussian war of 1870, marked an important
break within the artist's career whom atelier was destroyed through bombings.

The painter lost everything he owned, which explains
the small number of surviving works of this time, and of which our work is part.

It is therefore this decade that saw the emergence of
the basic characteristics of Sisley's pictorial approach and treatment of landscape. Following the example of Corot, he used a wide tonal range of greens and grays, which he was to continue to exploit throughout his career and of which our work is a perfect evidence.





Date:  Circa 1865-1866
Period:  19th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on original canvas
Signature: 

Signed lower left : A. Sisley
Certificate of authenticity issued by the Alfred Sisley Committee, January 26th, 2012.

Dimensions: 46.5 x 56 cm (18¹/₄ x 22 inches)
Provenance: Svenska-Franska Konstgalleriet, Konstauktion, Stockholm, 2-4 December
1936, n°114, under the title 'Blommande fruktträd' ('Fruit trees').
Jacob Wallenberg Collection, Stockholm.
Private Collection, Switzerland.

Literature: 

Cézanne till Picasso, Fransk konst i svensk ägo (Cézanne to Picasso, the French Art in  Sweden), Moderna Museets Vänner, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Septembre 1954, listed under the n°342, p.93.
Sensations de Nature : de Courbet à Hartung
, Musée Courbet, Exhibition Catalogue,  Lienart Editions, Paris, 2015, illustrated p.36 and p.122-123.
Sensations de Nature : de Courbet à Hartung
, Album, Musée Courbet, Lienart Editions, Paris, 2015, illustrated p.14.
MaryAnne Stevens, Alfred Sisley : Impressionist Master, Exhibition Catalogue (English), Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Hazan Editions, Paris, 2017, illustrated p.59.
MaryAnne Stevens, Sisley : l'impressionniste, Exhibition Catalogue (French), Hôtel de Caumont Centre d'Art, Aix-en-Provence, Hazan Editions, Paris, 2017, illustrated p.59.


This work will be included in the new edition of the Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre d'Alfred Sisley by François Daulte being prepared by the Comité Alfred Sisley at the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery.


Exhibitions: Frankrike genom konstnärsögon (France through artist's eyes), Föreningen Fransk Konst, National Museum, Stockholm, May 9th - June 2nd, 1941, n°390, under the title 'Landskap med blommande fruktträd' ('Landscape with fruit trees').
Cézanne till Picasso, Fransk konst i svensk ägo (Cézanne to Picasso, French Art in Sweden), Moderna Museets
Vänner, Liljevalchs Konsthall, September 1954, n°342, under the title 'Blommande fruktträd' ('Fruit trees').
Sensations de Nature : de Courbet à Hartung, Musée Gustave Courbet, July 4th - October 12th, 2015.
Alfred Sisley : Impressionist Master, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, January 21st - May 21st 2017.
Sisley : l'impressionniste, Hôtel de Caumont Centre d'Art, Aix-en-Provence, June 10th - Octobre 8th 2017.


Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints