Alfred Sisley moved to the attractive mediaeval town of Moret-sur-Loing in 1882. For 20 years, until his death in a state of total destitution, the artist painted numerous pictures there, including Le Pont de Moret. In the background, we see the Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce which Sisley painted in every season.

Today, Moret-sur-Loing pays tribute to this artist, who was virtually unknown in his lifetime. You can follow in his footsteps through its narrow streets discovering reproductions of his paintings at the very spot where the painter once set up his easel. Just an hour from Paris, it can be a real joy to explore this small town, which has lost none of its charm, during a cycling or canoeing trip. This painting is exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

When I discovered this painting by Sisley, I almost felt I could hear the church bell sounding in the distance, echoing from the blue sky. When I arrived in Moret-sur-Loing on a sunny day – identical to that in the picture, I heard this church bell. I was impressed! I took this photo with a happy heart…

Yasuhiro Ogawa



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