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The Seine at Port-Marly, Piles of Sand

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Alfred Sisley
French, 1839-1899

About this artwork

Of all the landscapes Alfred Sisley painted in and around Marly-le-Roi, where he lived from 1875 to 1878, this scene of workers dredging sand to facilitate barge traffic is perhaps the most original. Generally, the Impressionists showed the Seine River as a place of weekend leisure for Parisians, painting activities such as boating, yachting, promenading, and dining. Sisley depicted the river during the workweek, along with some of the men who depended on it for their livelihood.


On View, Gallery 201


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Alfred Sisley


The Seine at Port-Marly, Piles of Sand


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower left: Sisley. 75


54.5 × 73.7 cm (21 7/16 × 29 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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