In 1880, there was a sudden change in Sisley's life and in his work. The painter abandoned Seine-et-Oise, where he had lived and worked since 1871, to move to Seine-et-Marne, where he was to live until his death in 1899. He settled finally in Moret-sur-Loing in September 1882, presumably attracted by the picturesque nature of this small town, and by its excellent location on the banks of the Loing.During the last twenty years of his life, Sisley often painted along this river or on the banks of the Seine in the neighbouring town of Saint-Mammès. It is here that the Loing and the Seine meet. Sisley also left numerous views of the canal which follows the course of the Loing for about fifty kilometres.