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Madame Sisley on the banks of the Loing at Moret



John Russell


16 Jun 1858 - 22 Apr 1930


One of the most significant expatriate Australian artists in fin-de-siècle Europe, Russell first trained in London before moving to Paris in the 1880s to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. There he became interested in the work of the Impressionists, applying their approaches to colour and subject to his own work. In 1887 he spent some time at Moret, a small village south of Paris by the Loing River, where he stayed in a villa next door to the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. There he made a number of paintings, including this which shows Sisley's wife Marie, painted with the broken brushstrokes and high palette of the Impressionists.


Place where the work was made

Moret-sur-Loing Ile-de-France France



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


45.7 x 60.9 cm stretcher; 53.0 x 78.5 x 9.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r., black/green oil "JOHN. RUSSELL". Not dated.


Purchased with assistance from the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1996


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Russell

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Martin Bailey, Apollo: the international art magazine, 'A friend of Van Gogh: Dodge MacKnight and the post-impressionists', pg. 28-34, London, Jul 2007-Aug 2007, 33, 34 (colour illus.).

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 12, 36-37 (colour illus.). 10

Ann Galbally, The art of John Peter Russell, Melbourne, 1977, 100 (illus.). 61

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 109 (colour illus.).

Ursula Prunster, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Home and abroad', pg. 73-74, Sydney, 2000, 83 (colour illus.), 301.

Elizabeth Salter, The Lost Impressionist a Biography of John Peter Russell, Sydney, 1976.

Elena Taylor, Australian impressionists in France, 'John Russell and friends: Roberts, Monet, van Gogh, Matisse, Rodin', pg. 52-70, Melbourne, 2013, 67 (colour illus.), 169, 175, 176.

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'The lost impressionist', pg. 18-22, Sydney, Aug 2016, 19, 21, 22 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Australia's impressionists, 'John Russell: a landscape apart', pg. 51-63, London, 2016, 54, 55 (colour illus., detail), 98 (colour illus.), 116, 125, 127. 32