buildings and bridges with water in foreground; church left of center

Le Pont de Moret, 1888


Oil on canvasexpand_more

The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  2002.67

Painted just over a decade before Sisley's death in 1899, Le Pont de Moret is one of his most masterful compositions of the small medieval town on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau where he lived for the last part of his life. He felt a profound affinity with both the town and the surrounding tranquil countryside along the banks of the river Loing, which provided him with most of the subjects of his late work.

Architecture is comparatively rare in Sisley's work. He was predominantly a painter of river landscapes and open landscapes. Le Pont de Moret exemplifies Sisley's gift for compositional structure with the different architectural elements held in perfect balance. The sense of authority and calm derives also from the even, interwoven brushwork beautifully articulated over the entire surface of the canvas, and the balancing of warm and cool tones.



Sisley, Le Pont de Moret (#229)
Le Pont de Moret
Artist Life
Paris 1839 - 1899 Moret-sur-Loing
Accession Number
[Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, by 1892]; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, from 1892; acquired February 15, 1892); [Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, from 1899, acquired May 13, 1899]. Georges Feydeau, Paris (until 1901, his sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, February 11, 1901, no. 89, for 28,000 Fr.). Léon Orosdi, Paris (until 1923, his sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, May 25, 1923, no. 71, as "Le Loing à Moret," for 42,100 Fr, to Georges Petit.); [Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1923, sold to private collector); Private collection, France (from 1923); [Galerie Daniel Malingue, Paris, until 2002; sold to Mia]
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buildings and bridges with water in foreground; church left of center