Alfred Sisley (Paris 1839-1899 Moret-sur-Loing) Matinée d'octobre près de Port-Marly, 1876 Oil on canvas 46.5 x 54.3cm Signed lower left: Sisley Provenance: Durand-Ruel and Co. Gallery, Paris; Feder & Picq, Paris; Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris, June 1892; Martin A. Ryerson, Chicago, August 1892; Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, March 1893; J.M. Schley, New York, February 1899; Katherine Schley Variell, New York by descent from previous owner, August 1915; Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine by bequest of previous owner, 1960; sale, Sotheby's, London, April 24, 1963; O'Hana Gallery, London; acquired from the latter by the family of the last owner, October 1963 Literature: F. Daulte, Alfred Sisley: Catalogue raisonné of the painted work, Lausanne, 1959, n° 224 (ill. titled Morning of October); S. Brame and F. Lorenceau, Alfred Sisley: Critical catalogue of paintings and pastels, Paris, 2021, p. 118, n° 236, ill. p. 43 Exhibitions: New York, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Works by Alfred Sisley, February-March 1899, n° 23; Waterville, Colby College Bixler Art and Music Center, 1961-62 (on extended loan); London, O'Hana Gallery, Summer Exhibition of French Paintings and Sculpture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, June-September 1963, n° 52
This work by Alfred Sisley is particularly interesting because of the location it depicts - the town of Port Marly was at the heart of the artist's work. One of his most striking works, "The Flooding of Port Marly", is also in the Musée d'Orsay collection. This painting transports us into autumn, and the treatment of the bed of dead leaves and the sky reflect the genius of this landscape painter. Alfred Sisley loved peaceful atmospheres filled with light, which is palpable here. This landscape is the perfect representation of the artist's talent for seeking out and expressing nature's most subtle colours.