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The Facade, St Jacques, Dieppe

Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)

1899-1900

O.1970.1

Title The Facade, St Jacques, Dieppe
Object type Painting
Date 1899-1900
Artist/maker Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)
Support Canvas
Medium Oil Paint
Techniques Painting
Marks and
Inscriptions
signed : oil paint : lower right : : Sickert
Dimensions h:538 w:453 mm
Accession Lot Agnew's (purchase, 1970)
Accession number O.1970.1

Collection Exhibitions : In a New Light : Object Label : O.1970.1

DERN COLLWalter Sickert's friendships with French avant-garde artists such as Edgar Degas, coupled with his leading role in the formation of the Camden Town Group meant that his influence on the development of modern art practice and appreciation in this country was unparalleled. The Facade, St. Jacques was painted during an extended stay in the French port of Dieppe. In fact he painted a number of versions, showing different perspectives and light effects. Here, the last rays of sunlight are falling dramatically on the facade at dusk.

Collection Exhibitions : In a New Light : Object Label : O.1970.1

DERN COLLWalter Sickert's friendships with French avant-garde artists such as Edgar Degas, coupled with his leading role in the formation of the Camden Town Group meant that his influence on the development of modern art practice and appreciation in this country was unparalleled. The Facade, St. Jacques was painted during an extended stay in the French port of Dieppe. In fact he painted a number of versions, showing different perspectives and light effects. Here, the last rays of sunlight are falling dramatically on the facade at dusk.

Collection Exhibitions : Sickert and the Whitworth: Object Label : O.1970.1

Sickert was one of many British artists who worked in the French port of Dieppe. He spent his holidays there as a child and in 1883, as pupil and assistant to Whistler, he accompanied Whistler's Portrait of the Painter's Mother through Dieppe on its way to an exhibition in Paris.

In 1898 he returned, and it became his base for the next seven years. The Church of St Jacques was one of his favourite subjects.

Exhibitions : The Dazzled Eye : Object Label : O.1970.1

Walter Sickert’s friendships with French avant-garde artists such as Edgar Degas, coupled with his leading role in the formation of the Camden Town Group, meant that his influence on the development of modern art practice and appreciation in this country was unparalleled.

‘The Façade, St. Jacques’ depicts the west front of the main church in the French port of Dieppe. Sickert painted the church a number of times, showing different perspectives and effects of light. Here the last rays of light are falling dramatically on the façade at dusk. Dieppe provided Sickert with much inspiration. He met Degas there in 1885 and throughout the 1890s he painted landscapes there every summer. Between 1898 and 1905 he remained in Dieppe, leaving only to visit Venice.

Collection Theme : Modern Art : Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert played a key role in several of the most significant artists’ groups at work in the early part of this century, not least the Camden Town Group, and his associations with artists such as Degas and Whistler saw him at the forefront of the development of modern art in Britain. The work of Sickert is exceptionally well represented with 68 drawings and prints and two major oils - 'The Façade, St. Jacques, Dieppe' (1899-1900) and 'Portrait of Cicely Hey' (1922-23). Indeed many of the drawings were presented to the Whitworth by Hey herself, one of Sickert most loyal and trusted models. In addition the Gallery has a number of key drawings and prints related to the ‘Camden Town Murders’ series as well as an important study for Sickert’s most celebrated painting 'L’Ennui' (Tate Gallery).