Alfred Sisley, Banks of the Loing river, lithograph

Les Bords de Loing, près de Saint-Mammès

Delteil 5, Leymarie & Melot 5

lithograph, 1896, a fine impression of the only known state, printed in rich reddish-brown on fine buff wove paper, with full margins, in excellent condition

L. 141x220mm; S. 242x322mm.

Sisley's steadfast devotion to impressionist canons is evident in this evocative print, capturing (as Matisse would later say of him) a "moment of nature" along the riverfront that he knew so well and so often painted.

The refined freedom in its handling of tonal values and its masterful composition, setting the animated foreground against a sombre treeline and a variegated sky, are quite remarkable.