Walter Richard Sickert, Ennui (detail), c.1914, oil on canvas © Estate of Walter Richard Sickert 2004.

Walter Richard Sickert: The Human Canvas

9 July to 30 October 2004

For this important exhibition, forty three paintings by Sickert have been carefully selected by Abbot Hall, with a core of nineteen works coming through the Tate Partnership scheme. The exhibition will focus in detail on paintings from each key stage of Sickert’s career, and include major loans from both private and public collections.

The exhibition will highlight Sickert’s remarkable technical mastery and experimentation, his uncompromising realism and the innovative range of his subject matter and pictorial imagery.

Walter Richard Sickert (1860 - 1942) was born in Munich but moved to London in 1868. At the age of 21 he enrolled at the Slade School of Art and made painting his career. The psychologically charged paintings he produced are distinctive for their objective depiction of the gritty realities of urban life, often inspired by the dingy interiors of the places he lived in Camden Town and Bloomsbury.

The exhibition will cover all aspects of Sickert’s subject matter, from nudes and portraits to townscapes and the later works derived from photographs. An important link between the French Impressionists and England, Sickert emerges as one of the most important and influential British artists of the twentieth century.

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  • Walter Richard Sickert, Ennui (detail), c.1914, oil on canvas © Estate of Walter Richard Sickert 2004.