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Greenwich's Bruce Museum Mounts Major French Impressionist Show

"Flood at Port-Marly" will be among the works in the new Alfred Sisley exhibition at the Bruce Museum which opens Jan. 21 in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Contributed image
"A Farmyard at Chaville" will be among the works in a major retrospective of Alfred Sisley at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Contributed image

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A major exhibition of French Impressionist arits Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) will run Jan. 21 to May 21 at the Bruce Museum.

The museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-enProvence, France, are mounting the exhibition.

The first retrospective in more than 20 years of Sisley, it spotlights 50 of his paintings from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America.

The Bruce Museum will premiere the exhibition and is the only United States venue. The show will then travel to France for exhibit from June to October.

Born in Paris in 1839 to well-to-do British parents, Alfred Sisley at first intended to pursue a career in commerce and spent two years in London from 1857 to 1859.

During this time, he visited museums, studying both the Old Masters and the great British landscape painters John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.

On his return to Paris, he was determined to become a landscape painter and enrolled in Charles Gleyre’s studio, where he met the future Impressionists Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Frédéric Bazille.

Initially, Sisley worked in the naturalistic landscape tradition of the Barbizon School but increasingly adopted a proto-Impressionistic style, recording specific locations in a sequence of visual records of different times of the day, weather conditions and seasons.

In so doing he charted comprehensively and from multiple points of view the landscapes of his residences in the villages along the Seine west of Paris and beyond the Forest of Fontainebleau at VeneuxNadon and Moret-sur-Loing.

The show is curated by art historian MaryAnne Stevens.

There will be several programs related to the exhibition.

Evening Art Lecture , "Reflections on Monet's Water Lilies" by Paul Hayes Tucker, professor of art, University of Massachusetts, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m. Open to the public.

Monday Morning Lecture Series by Susan Stauber, Professor of Art History, Grinnell College, on Impressionism, Feb. 6, from 10-11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA , will speak about her work on the recent exhibition "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty," Degas’s engagement in printmaking and Impressionist prints generally. March 6, 10-11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Graduate Student Symposium and Young Scholar Day, March 5, 1-4 p.m. "Framing Nature." Masters and PhD students will present their papers.

For more information, tickets and full list of exhibition programs,  click here .

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science is located at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Call the museum at 203- 869-0376.

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