Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Today's Birthday: Walter Sickert


Walter Richard Sickert (31 May 1860 – 22 January 1942) was an English painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group in London. He was an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 20th century.
Sickert was a cosmopolitan and eccentric who often favoured ordinary people and urban scenes as his subjects. His oeuvre also included portraits of well-known personalities and images derived from press photographs. He is considered a prominent figure in the transition from Impressionis to Modernism.

Wikipedia, Creative Commons

Walter Sickert, The Camden Town Murder, originally titled, What Shall We Do for the Rent?, alternatively, What Shall We Do to Pay the Rent,[ 1908. Wikipedia. Creative Commons

For me, the most interesting thing about Sickert was Patricia Cornwell's obsession that he was Jack the Ripper: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/patricia-cornwell-spent-7-million-solving-jack-ripper-case/

The Guardian had a lot of fun with that theory: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2013/dec/03/walter-sickert-jack-ripper-sex-evil

Camden Town Group at the Tate: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Sickert

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I don't know Sickert. Not my favorite style of art, but I can see why he is well-known in the art world. I clicked on the article about Sickert being Jack the Ripper. Wow! And that author is taking his work out of circulation to prove her theory. I'm not sure the Ripper murders will ever be conclusively solved, but an artist? She seems fixated on him.