In the early summer of 1877 Sisley moved to Sèvres, a suburb of Paris which was famous for its porcelain factory. As well as painting the town itself and its quays he also made a number of paintings of the bridge over the Seine. Five of these rapidly painted views are dated 1877, and it is probable that this work was painted at around the same time. The paintings are characterised by a fresh, breezy atmosphere coupled with the portrayal of diverse riverside activities. In this case Sisley has depicted people fishing.
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