Walter Sickert: A Life (Text Only)

Walter Sickert: A Life (Text Only)

by Matthew Sturgis
     
 

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This edition does not include illustrations.The first major life of the outstanding British painter – and Jack the Ripper suspect – Walter Sickert (1860-1942), by the highly acclaimed biographer of Aubrey Beardsley.Walter Richard Sickert is perhaps the outstanding figure of British art during the last hundred years. Many contemporary painters, from Hodgkin

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This edition does not include illustrations.The first major life of the outstanding British painter – and Jack the Ripper suspect – Walter Sickert (1860-1942), by the highly acclaimed biographer of Aubrey Beardsley.Walter Richard Sickert is perhaps the outstanding figure of British art during the last hundred years. Many contemporary painters, from Hodgkin and Bacon to Auerbach and Kossof, acknowledge a debt to his influence. His career spanned six decades of unceasing experiment and achievement. As a young artist, he was welcomed and encouraged by Degas. He was the disciple of Whistler and mentor of Beardsley. He founded the London Impressionists and the Camden Town Group. He was taken up by both the Woolfs and the Sitwells. He gave painting lessons to Winston Churchill.His energy was prodigious and his personality fascinating: he was also an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, polemicist, teacher and wit. He relished controversy: his early paintings of London music halls and his late works, based on 18th-century etchings and contemporary news photographs, provoked outraged criticism from conventional commentators.Sturgis also devotes an appendix to charting in detail Sickert's posthumous life as a player in the 'Jack the Ripper' circus, assessing (and demolishing) the arguments of Patricia Cornwell and others in the light of his own discoveries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007374342
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/06/2014
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
784
Sales rank:
873,509
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Sturgis read history at Oxford, worked for four years in publishing, and since then has made his living by writing – art criticism for ‘Harpers & Queens’, travel pieces for the ‘Sunday Telegraph’, and book reviews for the ‘Independent’. His cartoons have been published in the ‘Oldie’ and the ‘Daily Mail’. His previous book, ‘Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s’, was published in 1995 by Macmillan.

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