Recognised as one of the masters of the Impressionist landscape, Alfred Sisley was born in Paris to English parents, affluent merchants who intended him to go into commerce. He, however, chose to devote himself to painting, and with the exception of a few visits to England, spent his whole life in France.
In 1862 he joined the studio of Charles Gleyre (1806-1874) where he met Claude Monet (1840-1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). The painters became friends, and would regularly work together en plein air in the forest of Fontainebleau to the south east of Paris. Financially ruined by the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Sisley took part in the first three Impressionist exhibitions in 1874, 1876 and 1877, and then in the penultimate show of 1882. He was a tireless painter of the landscapes of the Ile-de-France, captivated by their gentle contours. Preferring a light palette, he produced many paintings of the country villages to the west of Paris, including the village of Bougival. In February 1880, he moved out to the country near Moret-sur-Loing, a picturesque medieval town near Fontainebleau, which provided a new source of inspiration for him.
He differed his Impressionist friends in his concern for composition, his taste for open skies and his fondness for views with a road or a path stretching into the distance. However, he was never successful during his lifetime in spite of the support of several art dealers.
It was Domenica Walter who bought one of Sisley’s paintings for herself, the only one by this artist in her collection.