Alfred Sisley died on January 29, 1899 in Moret-sur-Loing, of which he had
painted, since 1880, so many landscapes.
With Sisley disappeared the only great Impressionist painter who did not meet
success in his lifetime, in spite of moral and financial support offered to
him by art dealers Paul Durand-Ruel and George Petit, and their efforts to have
his work exhibited in Paris and abroad.
However, a year after his death, his painting "Flood at Port-Marly" (Orsay
Museum - Paris) reached a high bidding at the Tavernier sale of March 6, 1900,
while being sold to Count Isaac de Camondo. The success, which had been denied
to Sisley during his life, stuck thus to his name as of the year following his
Sisley was exclusively a landscape painter, who, in the line of Corot, and
with Monet, best sought and succeeded in expressing the most subtle nuances
of nature in Impressionist landscapes.
British by his birth and his nationality, though he lived in France, he is
also in the tradition of Constable, Bonington and Turner. If he was subject
to the influence of Monet, he moves away from his friend by his will of construction
which makes him respect the structure of forms.