Sickert in Dieppe
4 July – 4 October 2015
Tracing Sickert's time on the continent and the profound influence this had on his artistic practice.
Walter Sickert had a lifelong love affair with Dieppe; first visiting as a child and again as a young artist, he chose it for his honeymoon in 1885. From then on he returned almost every summer until he was 62. This included a period of fulltime residence between 1898 and 1906 following Sickert’s divorce – the result of his adultery with a mistress in Dieppe. The town remained a focal point for the artist throughout the highs and lows of his life.
This exhibition at Pallant House traces Sickert’s time at the fashionable seaside resort, where he was able to bridge his understanding of British practice with that of artists working on the continent. It was here he made friends with Edgar Degas, who encouraged him to adopt the modernist approach to painting that Sickert famously pioneered on his return London.