Walter Sickert’s Theatre paintings – an online talk

New Bedford Theatre by Walter Sickert, 1899

This Thursday, 15th April at 7.30pm UK time, The British Music Hall Society presents a talk by Dr. William Rough, entitled “The paintings of Walter Richard Sickert, c.1888-c.1895”.

‘Tawdry, vulgar and the sentiment of the lowest music hall’
In the late 19th century, the painter Walter Richard Sickert captured the music halls of London in a series of canvases.

His depiction of the architecture, audiences, and performers of a selection of London halls, including the Old Bedford, Gatti’s and the Marylebone, bring a unique insight into the ‘magic and poetry’ of the London halls.

Having previously trained and been employed as an actor, Sickert had an affinity with performers and theatres, which he brought to his paintings. His music hall paintings were, however, not universally liked and attracted much criticism during this period.

This talk will explore a selection of Sickert’s paintings discussing the world he depicts, and the criticism his paintings and subject matter attracted.

Sickert was born in Munich to parents of Danish origin but British nationality. He settled in London with his parents in 1868. Sickert initially trained as an actor but in 1881 he began studying at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He was a pupil of Whistler and also worked with Degas in Paris two years later. Degas influenced Sickert’s use of informal compositions and subject matter, particularly his fondness for theatre scenes. He died in 1942

Tickets cost £5 for non-members and £3 for members. LOG IN DETAILS ARE E-MAILED ON THE DAY OF THE TALK. Limited numbers of tickets are available at time of writing and can be bought here

Walter Richard Sickert – High-Steppers, 1938, courtesy National Galleries of Scotland

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