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Landscape at Louveciennes

Alfred Sisley1873

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

During the days of the Paris Commune in 1871, Sisley moved to the small village of Louveciennes about thirty kilometers to the west of Paris. Except for the four-month period of his trip to England during the summer of 1874, he lived in Louveciennes until the end of 1874. During this period, he joined Monet and Renoir in the depiction of the scenery of the Seine from Argenteuil and the forests of Marly. Traces of his activity can be found in the various areas of the Ile-de-France region. During 1873, he spent most of his time in Louveciennes, where he became completely absorbed in the creation of landscapes of the village and its surrounding scenery. This work was painted in 1873 near this village. One small path cuts diagonally across an undulating field, and two figures draw the viewer's gaze into the depths of the painting and provide human interest to the scene as they stroll along this path. This landscape lacks any one element to particularly catch the viewer's attention as it spreads from the grassy verge in the foreground across fields to a forests, and then on to the hills and a broad expanse of sky. Sisley's great respect for the ordering of space can frequently be found in his early works and here can be seen in the image's exact expression of perspective. Sisley used an extremely subdued palette which allows each object to appear fresh in its subtle coloring. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.79)

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  • Title: Landscape at Louveciennes
  • Date Created: 1873
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated lower right: Sisley. 73
  • Provenance: Maurice Leclanché, Paris; Auc. Maurice Leclanché, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Nov. 6. 1924, no. 95; Allard Coll., Paris (acquired at the above sale); Lord Clark, London; Wildenstein & Co.; Mrs. A. L. Leopold Williams, London; David Carrit Ltd., London.
  • Physical Dimensions: w730 x h540 mm
  • Painter: Alfred Sisley
  • Object title (Japanese): ルーヴシエンヌの風景
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1871年、パリ・コミューンの間に、シスレーはパリの西方約30キロの地にある小村ルーヴシエンヌに移り住み、以後1874年夏からの4ヵ月にわたるイギリス旅行をはさんで、同年暮までルーヴシエンヌで過ごした。この間も、ここを拠点としながらモネやルノワールと共にアルジャントゥーユでセーヌ河の風景を描いたり、マルリーの森に出掛けて制作するなど、彼の足跡はイル=ド=フランスの各地に及んでいるが、1873年にはほとんどルーヴシエンヌにいて、この村落や周辺の風景の制作に没頭している。本作品はその1873年にこの小村付近の風景を描いたものである。起伏のある野に1本の小径が斜めに走り、その小径を辿る添景の二人の人物を通じて、見る者の視線は奥へいざなわれる。とりたてて目をひくものもない風景であるが、前景の草叢から草原ごしに広がる森へ、そして彼方の丘陵や広大な空への空間が、実に的確な遠近感をもって表現されている点で、空間の秩序に大きな関心があったこの画家の初期の作品傾向を良く示している。色彩は非常に地味に抑えられているが、各対象の微妙な色どりを捉えるヴァルールには清新さがある。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 79)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): シスレー、アルフレッド
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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