The Route from Saint-Germain to Marly

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Artist: Alfred Sisley, British, 1839-1899

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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 24in (46.4 x 61cm)
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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G. Oppenheimer
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Sisley concentrated on the quiet naturalism of villages outside Paris, rejecting more common Impressionist subjects such as urban social scenes, seaside leisure activities, or idealized rural life. Sisley's freely handled broad strokes of color summarize but do not obscure details of figures, architecture, and nature.

When this painting was shown in the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, Sisley escaped the scathing criticism leveled by journalists at Monet, C├ęzanne, and other painters of the new "Impressionist" group. Described as the most harmonious of the artists represented, Sisley was praised for his exquisite landscapes that conveyed "so completely, so perfectly, the physical sensation of atmosphere, of being out in the open air."
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