Walter Sickert



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Walter Sickert was one of the most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. An apprentice of Whistler and close associate of Degas, he engaged with the work of French artists of the time. Sickert in turn influenced many British painters up to the present day.

This book will show how Sickert transformed the representation of everyday life, with his innovative approach to subject matter, radical compositions and the evocation of the materiality of existence in paint. It will explore the changing nature of his work – from an impressionistic approach in the 1880s to a pioneering use of photography in the 1930s – and how he returned over and over to locations and subjects, including his penetrating self-portraits. Sickert’s imagination was fuelled by news and current events such as the Camden Town Murders and newspaper photography, but also by popular culture – music halls, the stage, the rise of cinema and celebrity.

Featuring over 200 images from the exhibition and a wide range of essays by scholars, as well as reflections on Sickert’s relevance and influence by a selection of contemporary painters including Kaye Donachie and Somaya Critchlow.
Tate Britain Exhibition, 28th April – 18th September 2022

Additional information

Weight 1374 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 28.2 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 16 September 2022
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by William Rough, Katy Norris, Wendy Baron, Martin Hammer, Anna Gruetzner Robins, Patricia de Montfort, Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Sam Rose, and Lisa Tickner
Dimensions 23.7 x 28.2 cm
Weight 1374 g


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EMMA CHAMBERS is Curator, Modern British Art, at Tate.