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Sisley (Colour Library) Paperback – 12 Aug 1998


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; New edition edition (12 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714830518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714830513
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ideal introductions for students and museum-goers.' (Independent)

About the Author

Richard Shone is an Associate Editor of the Burlington Magazine. His publications include Bloomsbury Portraits (1976, revised 1993), Walter Sickert (1988) and Sisley (1992), published to coincide with a major exhibition of Sisley’s work at the Royal Academy, London.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alfred Sisley was born in France to English parents (when younger I assumed he was of French stock, and would pronounce his surname `Seesleh`) and could be thought of as the quiet man of Impressionism. He seems to have been a `correct`, gentlemanly man, sensitive to criticism, and often broke. Like a few other painters of the time he went against the mores of the age by living with his companion Eugenie for many years, fathering a son & daughter, only marrying later in life. Alfred died three months after Eugenie at the age of 59 in 1899.
This lavish book (NB I am reviewing the large hardback edition of 1992 which I would recommend over the Phaidon paperback) is beautifully bound, the reproductions are superb and the text by Richard Shone informative and scrupulous in its research, Sisley`s life being less well-documented than, say, Renoir`s or Monet`s.
What attracts me more and more to Sisley`s reclusive, unfussy paintings is a certain air of solitariness, of loneliness and sparseness in many of the landscapes.
His winter paintings depicting snow scenes are bereft of much comfort, his views of French towns and villages often restrained, muted. Little here of the warmth to be found in Pisarro or Monet. Yet this almost modest quality renders Sisley`s art all the more moving for `showing` less, holding something in reserve. One is sometimes reminded of the washed-out paintings of rainy trees by Corot, or, in one perfect, breeze-blown landscape - "View of Saint-Mammes" - of Daubigny.
Being of British blood, he naturally visited his homeland, taking in the south coast of Wales, including Cardiff - where he and Eugenie married - and, on an earlier trip, London.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By navigator on 2 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I have read several fine books on various artists by Richard Shone and this is no exception. He is always concise and informative with great insight into the artists techniques, their conections with contemporaries and the times they lived in. Apart from the odd colour discrepancy in some of the reproductions this is a quality book, but I have come to expect that from the Phaidon Colour Library.
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By M. S. Wilson on 14 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
it missed the better examples of Sisley's work even though well illustrated and some are rotated to fit in the format
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 22 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a biography of English-born artist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). It was published in 1992.

Although it sounds rather heavy and massive, it is actually filled with plenty of full-page reproductions and illustrations to situate Sisley in context.

The text is well written, highly readable with quotations from archival documents.

Introduction, 7
1. Between England and France, 13
2. Elève de Gleyre, 21
3. Family Affairs, 39
4. An Impressionist in the Suburbs, 51
5. Hampton Court, 67
6. Marly-le-Roi in Snow and Flood, 85
7. Patrons and Poverty, 109
8. Seine et Marne, 125
9. A Changed Man, 141
10. Moret and La Vieille Eglise, 159
11. A Midsummer Marriage, 183
12. 'Mon Malheureux Ami', 195
Notes, 202
Appendices, 215
Chronology, 224
Bibliography, 232
Acknowledgement, 235
Index, 237
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul L. Brown on 5 Oct 2009
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great book. I personnally think I'll be a better painter than him at the end of my days. His auction prices are impressive! Nice volume....
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