Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899) may be considered as one of the founding figures of impressionism, and certainly one of its most steadfast proponents.
Having first met Renoir and Monet at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris where they were fellow students, he devoted a lifetime to exploring the rich resources of the impressionist canon.
Southeast of Paris, Sisley spent his last 20 years in the vicinity of Moret-sur-Loing. Although not a prolific printmaker, he produced several fine prints during the early 1890s that depicted the region in a pure impressionist style.
Bords du Loing, près de Saint-Mammès
Banks of the Loing, near Saint-Mammès
Delteil 5, Leymarie & Melot 5
lithograph, 1896, a fine impression in brown of the only known state
One of only two lithographs by the artist, this print masterfully captures the atmosphere of the riverfront at the approaching sunset.