The Loing and the Mills of Moret, Snow Effect

Alfred Sisley

English, 1839–1899

The Loing and the Mills of Moret, Snow Effect


Sisley probably painted this snowy landscape outdoors in a single session during the unusually cold winter of 1891. Poplars cast long blue shadows across the riverbank—their trunks reflected in the icy water—while wispy clouds float across the blue sky. The artist used a cool, silvery palette and applied paint in thin, liquid strokes to convey the crisp atmosphere of a winter’s day.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 23 1/8 x 32 1/8 in. (58.7 x 81.6 cm) Frame: 32 1/2 x 41 1/4 in. (82.6 x 104.8 cm)
Object Number 1955.545
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1946
Status On View

Image Caption

Alfred Sisley, The Loing and the Mills of Moret, Snow Effect, 1891, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.545.


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.


[Possibly Marie Harriman Gallery, New York]¹; Gerald Brooks, New York; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 1 Apr. 1946, as Paysage, effet de Neige]; Robert Sterling Clark (1946–55 ; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. A label on the back of the painting from the Harriman Gallery suggests that it may have been owned by the gallery, or simply exhibited there. The gallery was in business between 1930 and 1942.