Walter Sickert: A Sense of Drama

No, he wasn’t Jack the Ripper, but Walter Sickert knew how to attract attention.

He started life as an actor and retained a love of the theatrical throughout his life, painting the London music halls, a string of self-portraits in various guises, as well as a series of avant-garde nudes entitled ‘The Camden Town Murders’.

He started life as Whistler’s dogsbody and while taking Whistler’s paintings to Paris, met Degas. He was certainly influenced by these artists, but his own paintings defy comparison.

This talk will explore Sickert’s gritty, dark and provocative works and will investigate the ways in which he changed the course of British art.