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The Fair, Dieppe

Walter Richard Sickert
circa 1902

Walter Sickert lived in Dieppe from 1899 to 1905 and immersed himself in the French art world. Though unfinished, this night-time painting is typical of Sickert’s work at the turn of the century. Using a limited range of flat colours and heavy outlines, he created a vibrant image of nightlife in the busy French port.

Sickert was an innovative artist, part of the avant-garde of the time. He was a founder member of the Camden Town Group who had been meeting informally since 1905 and was officially established in 1911. From 1908-1912 and again from 1915-1918 Sickert was also an influential teacher at Westminster School of Art.

Walter Sickert was an important figure in the British art scene in the late 19th and early 20th century and in the years since his death has increasingly gained a reputation as one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British art.