Walter Richard Sickert
English painter and printmaker, Walter Richard Sickert was born in 1860. He was a son and a grandson of painters. After a brief stage career, Sickert entered London’s Slade School of Fine Art in 1881 to train as a painter. Later, he worked in the studio of James MsNeill Whistler, preparing Whistler’s palette and learning about the physicality of paint and the modulation of tones.
Sickert met Edgar Degás in Paris in 1883. Degás would prove to be one of his most influential teachers, exposing him to the tradition of drawing and teaching him to achieve spontaneity using photography and how to retain the freshness of a sketch in his finished paintings. From 1887 to 1889, Sickert largely depicted working- class music halls in a Post- Impressionist style. It was during this time that he also earned his first criticisms for his vulgar subject matter.
After spending seven years in France, Venice and Dieppe, Sickert returned to London in 1905. He reworked his style and co- founded artist’s studios that attracted young admirers. Ultimately, Sickert’s teachings, writings, paintings and prints had a vast impact on British art.