European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Mooring Lines, the Effect of Snow at Saint-Cloud
Alfred Sisley, French, 1839 - 1899
Oil on canvas
2011-58-1Gift of John C. Haas and Chara C. Haas, 2011
LabelAmong the challenges that the Impressionists set for themselves was that of capturing the effect of snow and ice on the landscape. Sisley excelled in such monochromatic wintry views, as demonstrated in this sensitive rendering of the Seine at Saint-Cloud in which the snowy river bank is dramatically crossed by black lines of anchors. The artist’s interest in the sky and the fugitive effects of light and weather are depicted here in nuanced tones of white and blue.
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