Banks of the Seine at By

Alfred Sisley

English, 1839–1899

Banks of the Seine at By

c. 1880–81

A young girl in a blue dress, thought to be Sisley’s daughter Jeanne, walks along a path by the Seine. This is one of a group of paintings of local rivers that the artist made shortly after he and his family settled near Moret-sur-Loing, southeast of Paris. A scattering of white and yellow flowers suggests the scene was painted in spring. Sisley used a variety of different brushstrokes to record subtleties of light, color, and atmosphere.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 21 3/8 x 28 7/8 in. (54.3 x 73.3 cm) Frame: 31 x 38 5/16 x 2 7/8 in. (78.7 x 97.3 x 7.3 cm)
Object Number 1955.534
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1948
Status On View

Image Caption

Alfred Sisley, Banks of the Seine at By, c. 1880–81, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.534.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


[Gaston-Alexandre Camentron, Paris, sold to Durand-Ruel, 25 Aug. 1891];10 [Durand-Ruel, Paris, possibly transferred to New York in 1897]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, possibly from 1897–1948, sold to Clark, 11 May 1948, as Bords de la Seine à By, Printemps]; Robert Sterling Clark (1948–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.