Femme de Lettres (1915)

WALTER SICKERT R.A. R.B.A. (1860 - 1942)

Etching on laid; signed in pencil bottom right
Newly-framed as pictured

38.5cm x 36cm in the frame


Walter Sickert is recognised as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, having helped shape modern British art as we know it. With ties to renowned painters from James Abbott McNeill Whistler to Edgar Degas, he strengthened the artistic connections between Britain and France and continues to influence contemporary painters to this very day. A former actor, he had a flair and fascination for all things theatrical, including performers in music halls crafted on canvas, and nude portraits staged in intimate, domestic settings. His imagination was also fuelled by current events including the rise of celebrity culture, and he used this to create compelling narratives. Much like the man, his art was complex. Creative and colourful, his body of work was ever-changing and can be interpreted in different ways. His own self-portraits, for example, showcase how he evolved throughout his career – from his beginnings as a performer and artistic apprentice, to becoming one of the most gifted and influential artists of his time. Walter Richard Sickert’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being $469,121 USD for Le Corsage Violet, sold at Bonhams New Bond Street in 2013. 

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