Saturday in the Museum with Alfred

Image: Alfred Sisley, Snow at Louveciennes (1874)

Our Saturday art post takes us to the small towns outside of Paris where the Impressionists took up lodging to save money. Alfred Sisley, a Brit among the French, painted winter scenes from this area for several years. His work was among those who caught the eye of Duncan Phillips.

This year for the art posts we are looking at works that capture where food comes from. We also have been trying to track roughly along with the seasons – but to be honest, there are a lot of pictures of spring and we may have to ignore any groundhog estimations and just jump to it. This painting has a garden and gate in the foreground and a stout figure making her way through the snow. Phillips in 1926 described it: “Snow at Louveciennes, with its hush of snowflakes falling over roofs and garden walls, is a lyric of winter, enchanting both in its mood and in its tonality of tenderly transcribed ‘values’.”

The painting is at the Phillips Collection. A similarly-themed painting by Sisley can be found at the Kreeger. And the National Gallery of Art has several Sisleys, though only one or two on view.


Which is to say, there is lots to see. As the numbers drop and we get an early dose of spring this weekend, no need to hunker down. And if you are looking for a place to eat in D.C. then we can help with that.

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