Sickert (Wendy Baron)


Artist(s): Walter Sickert
Author(s): Wendy Baron
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1973
Publisher: Phaidon
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 398
Illustrations: 302

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Hardback.  First edition. Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) was the most important, most interesting and original British painter of his period. Pupil of Whistler, friend and disciple of Degas, his work and his teaching were a constant source of inspiration to successive generations of British artists who sought to break away from the established academic style. The first thirty years of his painting career, until 1914, represent the formative phase of his development. His lovely evocations of the music halls of London and Paris, his powerful landscapes of Dieppe and Venice, and his figure subjects portraying the intimate life of the inhabitants of dusty cluttered lodgings in Camden Town, all belong to these years. He discovered magic and poetry where no British artist had hitherto dreamed of searching for it.

In the catalogue section representative examples of his work are grouped by subject and period. Sickert’s oeuvre is vast and a full-scale catalogue raisonne out of the question, but 451 works are fully described (of which 302 are illustrated) and under each of these major entries related pictures, studies and versions are detailed so that a total of over 1,250 items is catalogued. Particular attention has been given, in both sections of the book, to the hitherto somewhat confused chronology of his work. A great deal of new evidence, culled mainly from contemporary press reviews and unpublished letters, has been discovered to document the dating of Sickert’s work; the documentary and stylistic evidence for dating particular works is summarized under the relevant entries in the catalogue section. This somewhat unusual arrangement has been adopted, first, to avoid interrupting the flow of the text section, and secondly because the catalogue section can thus be referred to independently. The typological arrangement of the catalogue should enable anyone to date uncatalogued Sickerts by comparison and the book as a whole will become a standard work of reference.

Condition: Price-clipped dust-jacket a little scuffed and edge-worn with some sunning to spine.  Green cloth boards a little rubbed to edges and corner tips.  Spine a little shaken, otherwise very good.


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