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The Cliff at Penarth, Evening, Low Tide

SISLEY, Alfred (1839 - 1899)

Date: 1897

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 54.4 x 65.7 cm

Acquired: 1993; Purchase; with assistance of the Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 2695

Sisley visited South Wales and married his long-term partner, Eugénie Lescouezec, in Cardiff in the summer of 1897. He painted 20 views of Penarth (where he stayed from 5 July to 15 August) and Langland Bay near Swansea. He was fascinated with the unique geological structure of the cliffs at Penarth and the spectacular tidal fall of the Bristol Channel. This view was painted from the start of the clifftop walk linking Penarth and Lavernock, looking southwards, with the island of Steep Holm at the left. It is an evening with the light raking sharply from the West, casting a mauvish shadow from the steep cliff over the beach below. This painting formerly belonged to Edmond Decap, the brother-in-law of Sisley's patron François Depeaux, who had business interests in Cardiff. The practical difficulties were recognised by the artist when he wrote of painting 'against the wind, which reigns supreme here. I had not experienced this before'.

Comments (9)

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Linda joyce hicks
11 April 2021, 18:45
Beautiful painting
Capturing impressionist painter Alfred Sisley s work.
Looking at this painting you get impression of early evening slightly cool the evening sun giving the last if it's warmth .
The tide gently lapping the shore
Seagull screeching in background .
Sea weed and sea breeze smells.
fossil and beach shell collecter girl
24 March 2021, 12:58
I love going to these cliffs there are some good fossils 'roud these parts
Sara Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
1 March 2017, 09:56

Hi there Jane

You can purchase a print by pressing the 'buy a print' button above.

Best wishes,

Digital Team

Jane Youde
28 February 2017, 15:33
We were given a print of the Sisley The Cliff at Penarth for our wedding over 20 years ago. Is it still in print as ours is a little faded now?
Sara Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
9 July 2015, 11:30

Hi there Tricia,

Sisley The Cliff at Penarth is currently on display in Gallery 16. We would advise you to check nearer the date you plan to visit. We have a few loans planned out of Gallery 16 so it would be worth making sure - you can contact us here.

Sisley's Storr Rock shows boats in the background, and is currently on tour in the US - it will be back on display in June 2016.


Digital Team

Sara Huws
9 July 2015, 09:46
Hi Tricia,

Thanks for your enquiry - I'll pass it on to our curators and get back to you as soon as possible,

Digital Team
tricia slater
8 July 2015, 16:01
Hi - Do you have the Sisley painting showing Penarth pier and an early paddle steamer?
If yes, is it always on view, or available to view? (we're coming to Cardiff in early Sept)
If the painting is not with you, where is it?
Look forward to hearing from you.
Amgueddfa Cymru Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
5 November 2008, 15:08
Dear Mrs. Williams, Thank you for your comment, please see the following page of our website for information regarding the purchase of images:

Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru
Mrs. Frances Williams
5 November 2008, 14:59
How may we purchase a print of this picture or similar version.?
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