During the winter 1874 the creativity of the young artists is exacerbated by the new ideas of outdoor landscape painting. Their first collective exhibition will take place in the spring of the same year.
The snow fell on Louveciennes. Alfred Sisley observes the clear hues that dot the thick white layer in pink, yellow or blue under the light and purple in the shadows. His compositions are structured geometrically with segments of diagonals or of circles.
On February 3, 2015, Sotheby's sold for £ 2,16M including premium Route à Louveciennes, oil on canvas 65 x 54 cm in portrait format where Sisley shows the curve of the snow covered street in front of his house.
On March 1 in London, Sotheby's sells Effet de neige à Louveciennes, oil on canvas of the same dimension in landscape format, lot 18 estimated £ 6M. The clear sky and its reflection on the snow in the bright light of a start or end of day bring to this picture a blue dominance. In this example Sisley's skill as a landscape painter is comparable to Monet's.
SOLD for £ 7.4M including premium