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Sisley painted more than 100 pictures of the village of Saint-Mammès, situated at the confluence of the River Loing with the Seine. With just a few quick strokes of paint Sisley suggests a figure, wearing a blue top, standing with his hands in his pockets, looking out over the river. Two other figures stand talking beside a shed. Another figure seems to be working – he is perched on top of various planks of timber.
The French critic Adolphe Tavernier, speaking at Sisley's funeral, referred to him as 'a magician of light, a poet of the heavens, of the waters, of the trees – in a word one of the most remarkable landscapists of his day'.
oil on canvas
H 38.1 x W 55.8 cm
presented by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest, 1944