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Shone, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0810938324 / ISBN 13: 9780810938328
Published by Harry N Abrams Inc, New York, 1992
Condition: fine Hardcover
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First edition. Oversized in black cloth with spine lettered in gilt. 240 pp. with index, bibliography, chronology. With 170 illustrations including 130 in full color. Detailed and authoritative study of the life and work of Alfred Sisley, one of the greatest landscape painters of the 19th century and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement.A fine, fresh example in fine dust jacket. (PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL SHIPPING REQUIRED ON EXPEDITED AND/OR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS. Alibris, B&N, Borders and Amazon orders will ONLY be shipped media mail). Bookseller Inventory # E6753

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Title: Sisley

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition

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Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) was one of the greatest landscape painters of the nineteenth century and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement. This is the most detailed and authoritative survey of his life and work to be published thus far. With a wealth of illustrations, much new research, and an absorbing text, it reveals Sisley as an artist of seductive power and originality.
Sisley's painting was devoted to the landscape. His celebrated scenes of the Paris countryside, views of the flooded Seine at Port-Marly, and colorful regattas on the Thames achieve a superb balance of tones and a poetic evocation of mood while also offering a lively depiction of their subjects. Kenneth Clark described the wonderful series of Thames paintings as embodying "the perfect moment of Impressionism."
And yet, as his friend Arsene Alexandre said, "Sisley lived proud and died poor." His art gained full recognition only after his death, and even now his work is often overlooked. Richard Shone brings to this long-awaited book a fresh eye and an intimate knowledge of the Ile de France, the locale of many of Sisley's paintings. Shone's research has brought to light much new biographical information - on the artist's early career, his struggle to earn a living, and his secluded later years - all of which leads to a greater understanding of Sisley's artistic development. The many full-color illustrations include important series of paintings never before reproduced together in such quantity - the floods, the snow scenes, the church at Moret-sur-Loing, the Welsh coast.
From this landmark book emerges a picture of a painter continually renewing his art, absorbing varied influences yet creating a personal vision of rural France that is as enduring and enchanting as the work of his fellow Impressionists. Richard Shone confirms the truth of Pissarro's description of Sisley as "a great and beautiful artist."

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A survey of the life and work of Alfred Sisley, one of the leading exponents of the Impressionist movement. The text examines how Sisley's painting life was devoted to the landscape. The author examines the tonal balance of such celebrated paintings as the snow-scenes of the Paris suburbs, views of the flooded Seine at Port-Marly and the colourful regattas on the Thames. The author recognizes that full recognition for the artist and his work only began after his relatively early death and argues that even now, his work is unjustifiably neglected. In studying Sisley's artistic development, the artist's English nationality, early career, struggle to earn a living, and secluded later years are examined.

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