Street in Ville-d'Avray
Alfred Sisley ( British, 1839 - 1899 )
From 1871 to 1875, Sisley painted the picturesque fields, riverbanks, and villages near his home in the small hamlet of Voisins, France. A dedicated plein-air (outdoor) painter, Sisley preferred a subtle approach to color and lighting. Here, he reprised one of his favorite motifs: a quiet street winding through a quaint French village. Although the subject is mundane, the unusual vantage point and expan- sive foreground suggest deep spatial recession and create a sense of drama. This bold composition reveals the artist’s awareness of different ways to represent three-dimensional space, such as Japanese woodblock prints and photography.