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Flood at Moret (Inondation à Moret)

Alfred Sisley

European Art

During the 1870s the Seine and its tributaries, such as the Loing, flooded several times. Rather than painting the destructive force of the deluge, Sisley depicted the calm aftereffects of such events: familiar towns and terrains rendered alien by altered boundaries and new reflections in the lapping waters.

Here Sisley fragments the view of the village of Moret through a screen of bare trees inundated by the Loing’s high water. Completing this image in front of the scene, Sisley brushed blue paint over his canvas in visible, zigzagging strokes and allowed the white ground or base layer to stand for clouds. With quick linear gestures, he painted the wispy branches of the trees in warmer and cooler shades to suggest light and shade.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1879
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (54 x 71.8cm) Frame: 30 1/4 x 37 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (76.8 x 94.6 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Sisley."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 21.54
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of A. Augustus Healy
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Alfred Sisley (British, active France, 1839-1899). Flood at Moret (Inondation à Moret), 1879. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (54 x 71.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of A. Augustus Healy, 21.54
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