“Totally accessible as it is, you will leave unwillingly the banks of a river, so charming, so luminous, so verdant…” – Victorien Sardou
Yeesh, Sardou! Aren’t you being a little dramatic? I mean, I get it, you’re a dramatist, but come on…you’re talking about a river.
Alfred Sisley’s The Seine at Bougival (a pretty popular town for Impressionist painters; see Renoir’s Dance of it here) was painted in 1872. Please marvel at how there are no boats or people to muck up the landscape, as was usually the case for the Seine.
Preach, Sisley. People are always ruining it for me when they get in my way at the bar.