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.
- Alfred Sisley
- The Seine at Port-Marly, Piles of Sand
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower left: Sisley. 75
- 21 7/16 × 29 in. (54.5 × 73.7 cm)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection