Aug 23, 2006

Saint-Mammès, Loing Canal

Saint-Mammès, Loing Canal


Alfred Sisley

(French, 1840-1899)

Oil on fabric

Unframed: 46.6 x 55.8 cm (18 3/8 x 21 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams from The Blair Trust 1961.262


Did you know?

The son of an affluent British businessman, Alfred Sisley was born in Paris and became friendly with fellow students Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Frédéric Bazille while studying in the studio of Charles Gleyre during the early 1860s.


The small town of Saint-Mammès is located about forty miles south of Paris, where the Seine and Loing rivers are joined by a canal. Alfred Sisley was fond of the area and often painted there in the 1880s, undoubtedly attracted by the low rents, since his poverty had become chronic in the wake of the bankruptcy and death of his father. Sisley rendered this view of the Saint-Mammès-Loring canal with a classic Impressionist technique, using pure color and soft, flickering brushwork that dissolves forms into a haze of optical sensations approximating the effect of brilliant, outdoor light.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email