Coeur-Volant Hill in Marly under Snow
(1839 - 1899)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Dr and Mme ALbert Carpentier 1951
Born to Paris to British parents, Sisley was reserved and solitary by nature. In 1874, he moved to Marly-le-Roi. He was sensitive to the poetry and silence of the countryside around Marly in the snow and made two well-known paintings of the road to Louveciennes (near Marlt) under the snow. This peaceful but melancholic scene is traversed by a path lined by bare trees, with a few small figures moving towards the horizon, which is dominated by a clear blue and green sky. Running parallel to it is a solid wall, wedged between the snow and the black forest, which is partially hides. Each part of the landscape is treated in a distinct fashion: smooth or pastry, detailed or vague, depending on the artist's desire.