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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Below is a painting Alfred Sisley a landscape painter born in France to English parents. Eighteen years later, he made his first trip to London. Here he saw the likes of Turner and Bonington, both of how inspired him to enrol in art school. Once in art school, he and other students like Claude Monet and Camile came up with guidelines in landscape painting.

Later on, he painted his first landscape painting in 1868. The 1868 canvas was an avenue in Southampton. It drew a soft tonality from the likes of Camille and Courbet, both of whom influenced the artist. As a result, this set the foundation for Alfred to cruft some of the most exquisite landscape paintings in history. Examples of these paintings include the Street in Moret, among others. The painting street in Moret is an 1885 painting that premiered in 1895. The picture features a less busy street stretching out on a narrow path. The street has a small number of civilians, each walking in different directions and though in pairs. Aside from the civilians, the painting also has a clean street and high-end buildings, that are well fenced and divided by a path. As such, this suggests that the area in the painting is a residential, and for the rich. Beside each home is are spruce trees spreading their leaves out wide. Lastly, the street has a junction and a well-decorated street lamp at the forefront of the intersection.

Above the street is a blue sky that has shades of white clouds high above. As a result, this suggests that the weather in Moret was Summer. Additionally, this is backed by the green trees within the area. Additionally, the buildings in this painting have tall chimneys, thus suggesting that Moret has a spree of cold winters. Last but not least, civilians in the picture are in huge trench coats. As such, this implies that it could be in the evening or morning. Notably, the painting has the artist’s signature secretly disguised on the left side of the canvas.

Judging from most of his work and the above painting specifically, Alfred can be crowned as an icon who brought the streets to life. Most of his work was descriptive in all aspects. They relayed how busy streets were and how people went on with their lives. Additionally, he blended his work well and made good use of his brush and paint. In this painting, for instance, he blends the blue sky with a touch of white clouds. Further, he also makes the roofs distinctive with a tone of royal blue colour, thus making the painting attractive.