Le Barrage a St Mammes, France
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 522 x 650 x 85mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.LI.903
This painting shows the barrage of Saint-Mammès, a town about 51 miles south of Paris. The colours are bright and the sky and reflections on the water’s surface take up most of the picture. Like Eugène Boudin (1824–1898), Sisley was a skilled painter of water scenes and it is a subject which he often returned to.
Alfred Sisley was the only Impressionist artist of British descent. He spent much of his early career painting Paris, but moved to the Forest of Fontainebleau in 1880 to find new inspiration.