Sisley was born in Paris of English parents. He entered Gleyre’s studio in 1862, and became friends with his fellow students there, Monet, Renoir and Frédéric Bazille. He was almost exclusively a painter of landscape, and maintained an Impressionist approach to the subject throughout his career. He showed works in the first, second and third Impressionist exhibitions.
As a consummate landscape painter, Sisley was inspired by the great english landscape artists such as Turner, Constable and Bonington. His naturalistic approach to painting sets his work within the impressionist style of the period alongside his contemporaries Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Despite stuggled with poverty throughout his career, he was awarded several major commission in his lifetime including "Molesey Weir, Hampton Court”; deemed "remarkably fresh and spontaneous”. "Molesey Weir" appears relaxed and informal, with its portrayal of naked bathers having been executed with great economy of means.
Of all of the Impressionist artists of the period, Sisley was the purest landscape painter. He painted nearly 900 oil paintings, less than a dozen of which were still lifes and only one or two of which were genre scenes. In 1880 Sisley moved to Moret-sur Loing, near the forest of Fontainebleau, and the area was the principal source of subjects in the latter part of his life. The regions Loing river feeds into the Seine and its tranquil surroundings attracted Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the town. Sisley died in Moret-sur-Loing, France, in 1899.