OIL PAINTING: Summer, 1875
There is almost no overt social or political content in Sisley's painting, no informative celebration of contemporary people, no agrarian comment or escapist Mediterranean allure. It is true that Sisley was not attracted to aspects of urban life, as found in Renoir paintings
, nor to the ideological impulses that inform, for example, much of Pissarro's paintings. For most of his life Sisley was content to depict the traditional activities of countryside and rural waterways as they impinged on the landscape.