"Painter's painter" Walter Sickert celebrated in From Life at London's Fine Art Society

By Culture24 Reporter | 19 June 2013

Sickert: From Life, Fine Art Society, London, June 20 – July 11 2013

An image of a black and white drawing of a crowd of people
Walter Sickert (1860-1942), Noctes Ambrosianae (circa 1908). Etching and aquatint© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
Suggesting Walter Sickert as one of Britain’s most talented artists post-Turner, the Fine Art Society’s display features 50 works by the painter, teacher, polemicist and “painter’s painter”.

It begins with rare paintings and prints from Sickert’s time at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he was an apprentice to James McNeill Whistler, and proceeds to a series from Venice which include views of famous landmarks such as St Mark’s and the Rialto.

The enclaves of those great buildings preceded his Camden Town interiors, represented here by a pair of etched versions of his masterpiece, Ennui. There are also nods to his thespian beginnings in imagery from his favourite theatres – The Old Middlesex, the Old and New Bedfords and the London Music Hall in Shoreditch.

Sickert was one of the first artists to use photographs and newspaper illustrations. Some of the images he derived from Victorian illustrators also appear in Echoes, the series originally illuminated by a major exhibition, Late Sickert, held at the Hayward Gallery in 1981.
 

More pictures:

An image of a painting of a bridge across an urban river
The Rialto Bridge (circa 1901). Oil on canvas© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
An image of a painting of a military procession
The Circus (circa 1885). Oil on panel© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
An image of a painting of a city street scene in front of grand tall buildings
St Mark's (circa 1901). Oil on panel© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
An image of a design drawing of a family in a kitchen
Ennui (Medium Plate) (1914). Etching© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
An image of a grey and light brown painting of a woman sitting on a bed
Carolina del'Acqua (1903-04). Oil on canvas© Courtesy The Fine Art Society
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