Apart from the period spent in London between and and brief trips to England in, and Sisley lived his entire life in France. Sisley painted this subject two times before, in This was Sisley's last voyage to his ancestral homeland.
The result of a few months spent near London was a series of nearly twenty paintings of the Upper Thames near Moleseywhich was later described by art historian Kenneth Clark as "a perfect moment of Impressionism.
To assist with the financial needs of the children Sisley left behind, his good friend Claude Monet arranged an auction of the artist's paintings in May He died on 29 January of throat cancer in Moret-sur-Loing at the age of 59, a few months after the death of his wife.
Sisley was close enough to Renoir that the latter painted multiple portraits of Sisley both alone and with his partner, Eugenie. Some observers theorize that is due to the fact that Sisley insisted on embracing both his French and British roots, straddling two cultures, while his better-known colleagues were French through and through.
Sisley and his family lived in poverty for the rest of his life, surviving on the income from selling his paintings.
At the age of 18, Sisley was sent to London to study for a career in business, but he abandoned it after four years and returned to Paris. Sisley's primary subject was landscape painting, and he often depicted dramatic skies.