Un sentier aus Sablons (Path at Sablons)
Alfred Sisley - circa 1883
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From 1883 to 1889 Sisley lived in Les Sablons (also known as Veneux-les-Sablons), a village situated at the junction of the Seine and Loing rivers on the southern fringe of the forest of Fontainbleau. ‘A path at Les Sablons’ 1883 is one of only a handful of paintings that seems to have been painted in the studio rather than en plein air. Sisley has organised the picture around a central avenue into the picture plane, a simple composition much favoured by the artist. The grassy path through the village is likely to be the route he took each time he went to the butcher or on a field trip to paint. A man in his back chats with a passer-by, illustrating the intimacy of village life. Sisley animates the painting with sparkling brushwork, contrasting areas of thin paint with thickly worked passages to respond to different textures and features of the scene. The swell of sky is built with broad brushstrokes that meld blue with white interlaced with whites and yellows. It is not surprising to learn that the artist moved to Les Sablons 'where the air would be better.' He has matched the zest of execution with a simple, nuanced palette to create a sensitive, fragile atmosphere. ‘A path at Les Sablons’ is small enough and was painted quickly enough to be counted as an actual 'impression'. It is interesting, however, that Sisley tended to work out his compositions first in drawings, which he carefully numbered in a notebook. It seems that Sisley wanted to know precisely how to organise his compositions before beginning to paint, thus freeing himself from making decisions while he worked.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Australia  (Australia - Canberra)
Dates: circa 1883
Artist age:Approximately 44 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 46 cm (18.11 in.), Width: 55 cm (21.65 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member rocsdad on 24 December 2002.
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