Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert

by David Peters Corbett, Walter Sickert, David Peters Corbett, David Peters Corbett
     
 

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) was a leading figure in the development of British painting and the graphic arts. Influenced by Whistler and Degas early in his career, by 1914 he was respected as a major figure within the Camden Town Group and a renowned painter in his own right. Yet Sickert's life and art were never stable, and he was never complacent. His work varies

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Walter Sickert (1860-1942) was a leading figure in the development of British painting and the graphic arts. Influenced by Whistler and Degas early in his career, by 1914 he was respected as a major figure within the Camden Town Group and a renowned painter in his own right. Yet Sickert's life and art were never stable, and he was never complacent. His work varies strikingly--from a strongly worked paint surface laden with impasto to the thinnest and sparest application; from an overtly modern set of subjects to apparently nostalgic images. But whatever form his art took, Sickert always remained what he was so often called in the 1910s: "a painter's painter."

This study examines the dynamism of Sickert's work from his earliest career at the Slade School of Art to his last works. It argues for Sickert as a major figure in the history of attempts to record modern life and to develop a distinctly modern mode of painting.

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KLIATT
The books in this series are quite handsome and thoughtfully put together. Each runs just short of 80 pages, with something like 60 illustrations (over half in color). The text is clear and sophisticated without being abstruse, and chapters are inviting with the attractive use of illustrations and numerous bold print sub-heads. Chapter titles don't guide students clearly as far as text organization goes, but life and works can be sorted out using the notes and index at the back. No small matter for youngish readers, these books feel comfortable in the hand and the color covers inveigle readers to pick them up and turn the pages. Other books in the series that now numbers nine include: Hogarth, Blake, and JMW Turner. (British Artists) Category: The Arts. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Princeton Univ. Press, 80p. illus. notes. index., $14.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Daniel J. Levinson; History & English Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691088235
Publisher:
The Tate, London
Publication date:
04/23/2001
Series:
British Artists Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.77(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.27(d)

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