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Walter Richard Sickert


He learnt to draw rapidly, capturing the moment on small panels. He then transferred these studies on to a larger canvas in the studio. The drawing was squared-up for enlargement. The subject was then blocked in with three tones of ultramarine and indian red. The three values were mixed up for light, half tone and shadows. Sickert disliked oil paint applied thickly. He found a method whereby he used undiluted paint scrubbed into the bone-dry canvas; this had the effect of a grisaille painting.

Sickert used photography in his paintings. There is a photograph of Sickert used as the basis for the painting "Lazarus breaks his Fast" in the book "Sickert Paintings" and several other photographs to substantiate this. But Sickert believed that 'photography is like alcohol; no one should use it unless they can do without it'. During the early 1900s when Sickert was painting constantly he didnít use photography. Only when his powers were failing in old age.

In 1922 Sickert painted exclusively from photographs. He used a camera lucida {literally light-room}which had twelve different lenses.




Sickert main page
  Gaynor's appreciation of the artist
  Sickert's life and influences. Actor turned painter, writer, teacher and more.
  Where Sickert's paintings may be seen
  Sources of information about Sickert
Recommended Books
  The Well Furlong Book Shop page dedicated to books by and about Walter Sickert. From there you may buy many of the books online.

Other Artists

Francis Bacon
  British painter (1909 - 1992)
Lucian Freud
  British painter (1922 - 2011)
Maggi Hambling
  British Painter (1945 - )


Tate Galleries
  The Tate has a number of Sickert's paintings, many of which may be viewed online.
Ashmolean Museum
  A group of works by W R Sickert at the Sands Gallery.
Courtauld Institute
  Links to major museums and galleries, and other art resources.
University of Reading
  Sickert received an honorary D.Litt in March 1938 from the University of Reading.
Visit this site for more research on Sickert and the history of art.
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