Walter Sickert exhibition at the Tate Britain

Walter Sickert’s changing practise and ongoing influence are the focus of the first exhibition devoted to the artist at the Tate since 1960, which will be on display until September. Featuring a focus on his enormous collection of music-inspired works, the show will examine the artist’s later practise, in which he established a new expressive lexicon and provocative iconography, as well as his extensive body of music-inspired works.

Tate Britain will host the exhibition beginning on April 28th and running until September 18th, 2022. Online tickets are available here at a fee of £18 per person.

Surrounded by a thriving artistic environment, Sickert was able to establish a distinctive style, which he saw evolve into one of the most significant painters of the era between the turn of the nineteenth century and the turn of the twentieth century.

The Tate Britain is hosting an important retrospective of his work, which will showcase his innovative compositions, unexpected subjects, and raw materiality.

It shows work from a 1960 Royal Academy retrospective, which illustrates the artist’s progression from his impressionist style in the 1880s to his pioneering use of photography in the 1930s.’

Sickert has painted a collection of famous persons based on newspaper images, and has since courted his own celebrity status by altering his look, changing his name, and engaging in contentious photographic pranks to achieve this notoriety. Sickert said in his autobiography, “My Life and Times,” that he spent the majority of his professional life working under a pseudonym. Sickert was born in the British capital of London in 1871.

The son of a Prussian painter and decorator, Jacques Joseph Sickert (1700 – 1888)  who had emigrated to England and established himself as a successful businessman, Sickert began his professional painting career as a miniature and poster painter in London, where he lived and worked for a number of years. He enrolled in the Slade School of Fine Art in 1892, but dropped out after just two years due to personal reasons.

He subsequently went on to study under Leighton Radford at the Westminster Technical Institute, where he eventually became an apprentice under him. Sickert was a supporter of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which was founded in 1848. He continued to work as an artist in London, where he became acquainted with artists such as James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and his father, Walter Sickert. Sickert has been accused of being Jack the Ripper on more than one occasion.

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