Walter Sickert | The Victoria Art Gallery

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Walter Sickert

Image: Walter Sickert, Belmount and back of Assembly Rooms, 19171860-1942. Sickert trained as an actor before studying art. He painted music halls and seedy lodging house interiors, and enjoyed sophisticated London society. He worked with Degas in Dieppe and for several years divided his time between Dieppe and Venice. The artist also has strong Bath connections. He spent some time here during the First World War and later settled in Bathampton for the last four years of his life.

 

Sickert despised professional portrait painters describing them as 'the wriggle-and-chiffon school'. He nevertheless produced powerful portraits throughout his life.