(b Paris, 30 Oct. 1839; d Moret-sur-Loing, nr. Fontainebleau, 29 Jan. 1899). Anglo-French Impressionist painter; although he is generally regarded as French, his parents were English and he was a British citizen throughout his life (he twice unsuccessfully tried to become a naturalized Frenchman). His father was a businessman who spent much of his life in Paris, and Sisley was destined for a commercial career before he turned to painting. In 1862 he entered the studio of Gleyre and there met Renoir, Monet, and Bazille, with whom he formed the early nucleus of the Impressionist group. Like Monet, Sisley devoted himself almost exclusively to landscape, but his work was much less varied. He made several visits to England (he also went to Wales in 1897), but otherwise rarely travelled, and most of his pictures are of scenes in and around Paris.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)