Alfred Sisley (British, Paris 1839–1899 Moret-sur-Loing)
Oil on canvas
18 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. (46.7 x 56.5 cm)
Bequest of Ralph Friedman, 1992
Not on view
Shortly after Courbet exhibited a group of snowy landscapes in 1867, several younger artists, among them Monet, Renoir, and Sisley, explored the possibilities of landscapes executed in white or gray with just a few touches of bright color. Sisley, like Monet, continued to paint snow scenes for the rest of his life. This work, with its nuanced palette and expertly rendered brushstrokes, is one of several that Sisley made in winter 1891 at Moret, south of Paris. It depicts the rue Eugène Moussoir, bordered by the wall of the village hospital, just minutes from Sisley’s home.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Sisley.
baron Blanquet de Fulde, Paris (until 1900; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 12, 1900, no. 58, as "Une rue à Moret, en hiver," for Fr 6,900 to Foinard); Foinard, Paris (from 1900); Maurice Goldfiel, Paris (until 1963; sale, Sotheby's, London, October 23, 1963, no. 45, as "Effet de neige à Louveciennes [sic]," for £20,000 to Bernier); M. G. B. Bernier (from 1963); private collection, France (until April 1965; sold to Wildenstein); [Wildenstein, New York, 1965–66; sold in January 1966 to Friedman]; Ralph Friedman, New York (1966–d. 1992)
New York. Wildenstein & Co., Inc. "Sisley," October 27–December 3, 1966, no. 23 (as "Scène de Village," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Friedman).
Baltimore. Walters Art Gallery. "Sisley: Master Impressionist," March 14–June 13, 1993, not in catalogue.
Washington. Phillips Collection. "Impressionists in Winter: Effets de neige," September 19, 1998–January 3, 1999, no. 57 (as "Rue Eugène Moussoir at Moret: Winter").
San Francisco. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Impressionists in Winter: Effets de neige," January 30–May 2, 1999, no. 57.
Brooklyn Museum of Art. "Impressionists in Winter: Effets de neige," May 27–August 29, 1999, no. 57.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 83.
Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat.
François Daulte. Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Lausanne, 1959, unpaginated, no. 780, ill.
Sisley. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 1966, unpaginated, no. 23, ill., dates it 1875.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992–1993." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 51 (Fall 1993), p. 54, ill. (color), observes that it depicts the rue Eugène Moussoir, bordered by the wall of the village hospital, in Moret-sur-Loing; dates it to the winter of 1891.
Katherine Rothkopf inImpressionists in Winter: Effets de neige. Exh. cat., Phillips Collection. Washington, 1998, pp. 188–89, 218, no. 57, ill. (color), states that in 1889 Sisley moved to Moret, where he remained for the rest of his life; remarks that, although accepting the dating of this work to 1891, Sisley's use of "the familiar compositional device of the off-center perspectival road view to add structure to the painting" has resulted in confusion in its date; comments however that, in contrast to the compositions of the 1870s, the palette here is no longer restrained or subtle.
Kathryn Calley Galitz inThe Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 119, 258, no. 83, ill. (color and black and white).
Moret is a small town on the Loing River, southeast of Paris. The Société des Amis de Sisley, located in Moret, has identified the site depicted in this painting as a view looking northwest up the rue Eugène Moussoir.