Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899) was an impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape “en plein air” (i.e., outdoors).

Among his important works are a series of paintings of the River Thames, mostly around Hampton Court, executed in 1874. The notable paintings of the Seine and its bridges in the suburbs of Paris are like many of his landscapes, characterized by tranquillity, in pale shades of green, pink, purple, dusty blue and cream.

"Snow at Louveciennes" is an 1878 oil on canvas by Alfred Sisley. It is regarded as one of the greatest modern paintings of the 19th century. Louveciennes is located in the western suburbs of Paris.

The countryside in winter particularly attracted Sisley who excelled in capturing the desolation of nature. Sisley followed Courbet's example in painting snow scenes which appealed to the impressionists because it allowed them to study the variations in the light, and to use different ranges of shades. The winters spent in Louveciennes inspired Sisley to paint numerous snow scenes. "Snow at Louveciennes" also illustrates the painter's experiments with perspective: a snow-covered road disappears into the background, inhabited only by one small, isolated character. It is 61 x 51 cm and is located at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

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