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Alfred Sisley, The Bridge at Sèvres

Key facts
Full title The Bridge at Sèvres
Artist Alfred Sisley
Artist dates 1839 - 1899
Date made about 1877
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38.1 × 46 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Purchased 1927
Inventory number L729
Location On loan: Tate Britain Display, Tate Britain, London, UK
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Purchased 1927, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
The Bridge at Sèvres
Alfred Sisley

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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