Some are better known than others; certain Impressionists found international fame, while others remained well-known only in their home countries. And then we have the Impressionists who crossed borders, such as Alfred Sisley. Alfred Sisley was a Franco-British painter, born in Paris to parents from the United Kingdom. Although he headed to Britain in the hopes of studying business, his heart was clearly not in this endeavour and so he returned to France where he instead studied art. After that, Sisley spent his life travelling back and forth between the two countries, although his career as a painter took place mainly in France.
Sisley's work bridges two worlds. On the one hand, he clearly belonged to the vibrant Impressionist movement that existed n France at the time, and took particular influence from Manet. On the other, there is evidence to suggest that his paintings were influenced by the British artists Turner and Constable. Chemin de la Machine Louveciennes is a painting that sums up Alfred Sisley's characteristic approach to landscape. It is an unmistakeably Impressionistic piece, using blotches of colour to create the feeling of a place rather than accurate details. Close inspection reveals it to be made up of small, simple touches, and yet looking at the picture as a while the viewer will be instantly transported to the location: a series of deft strokes create a row of trees, a set of abstract shapes become houses, some blotched lines of colour become the sunlight shimmering on the ground, a bundle of small dabs conjure up a mother and child going about their daily work. This is the very soul of Impressionism.
Yet, it is unmistakeably Alfred Sisley's own personal approach to Impressionism. The composition is rigid, laid out with almost geometric precision, the perspective designed to be as precise as possible, the viewer's eye guided to a specific point in the backdrop. The result is eye-catching and unforgettable: the looseness of Impressionism contrasts with the hardness and precision of the overall composition, creating a vivid and potent combination. If you are looking for an attention-grabbing print to hang on your wall, then Chemin de la Machine Louveciennes by Arthur Sisley will be the perfect choice. Visitors will be drawn to the attractive image, and when they take a closer look, they will be immediately drawn into this Impressionistic world in which British and French artistic traditions mingle together.