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Walter Sickert: A Life
     

Walter Sickert: A Life

by Matthew Sturgis
 

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Through his art, writing, wit and teaching, Walter Sickert extended the scope of British art. Sturgis, who has written a biography of Aubrey Beardsley and an account of the English decadence movement of the 1890s, draws on many previously untapped sources to provide a fully documented history of Sickert's life, which stretched from the end of the Victorian era to the

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Through his art, writing, wit and teaching, Walter Sickert extended the scope of British art. Sturgis, who has written a biography of Aubrey Beardsley and an account of the English decadence movement of the 1890s, draws on many previously untapped sources to provide a fully documented history of Sickert's life, which stretched from the end of the Victorian era to the beginning of World War II. Sturgis also devotes an appendix to refuting the charges made long after Sickert's death that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Times
Matthew Sturgis...brings out Sickert's passion, integrity, and the complex interweaving of his private and public life.
Choice
The author’s culling of this trove is impressive and presented in a seamless narrative.
Booklist
"A substantial but ever–lively life of the questing British painter Sickert.

...Sturgis makes short work of Cornwell’s allegations after fully substantiating his portrait of Sickert as a revered artist whose joie de vivre, “rare power of objective vision,” frankness, and intensity revitalized the British figurative tradition."

From the Publisher
‘[Sturgis] clearly has a profound sense of the paradoxes underlying the man and his work. Meticulous, heartfelt and thoroughly convincing.’ Times Literary Supplement‘A truly comprehensive, grandsweep biography. Detailed, amusing and moving. Brilliantly done, an outstanding achievement. At last Sickert has the biography he deserves." Spectator‘Excellent and authoritative, Sturgis's scholarship is exemplary.’ Guardian‘A fine biography.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday‘A biography that is as sure in its chronicling of artistic movements and trends as in its acute attention to the life of its subject.’ Financial Times‘Magisterial, taut and fresh, it is a measure of how impressive Sickert's life, career and influence is that it feels more apt to argue that the artist has been fortunate in his biographer.’ Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780002570831
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.26(h) x 2.08(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Sturgis is a freelance writer and critic who has written art criticism for Harpers & Queen, travel pieces for the Sunday Telegraph and football reports for the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s, praised by David Profumo in the Literary Review as ‘deft and intriguing’ and by Waldemar Januszczak in the Sunday Times as ‘compelling and racy’, and the highly-praised Aubrey Beardsley. He is married to the gallery owner Rebecca Hossack, and lives in London.

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