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Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
- Oil on canvas.
- 50 x 61 c
- Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on
- deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Based in Marly-le-Roi from 1874 to 1877, Sisley executed a group of seven paintings on the flooding of the Seine in March 1876. The best known of the series depict the flood at its height, albeit expressed with a serenity and harmony more characteristic of a tranquil lagoon than the violent waters of the Seine. In this work from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the sun has reappeared and the water level is going down. Sisley was thus able to set up his easel in the middle of the street and return to the use of a central perspective found in many of his works, a device that derives from the classical tradition of French landscape painting. Sisley was able to give a marked emphasis to the movement of the clouds through the use of a low horizon line. As in the work of Constable, the sky becomes the true subject of the landscape and its reflection on the ground both unifies the composition and increases a sense of dynamic life.