Friday, November 2, 2007

Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes

My London art tour also included a stop at the Courtauld for 'Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes'.

At the beginning of the 20th century,
Walter Sickert (1860-1942) painted a remarkable series of female nudes which confirmed his reputation as one of the most important modern British artists. The uncompromising realism of Sickert’s nudes, set on iron bedsteads in the murky interiors of cheap lodging houses, challenged artistic conventions and divided critical opinion.

The exhibition traces Sickert’s
reinvention of the nude, exploring the ways in which these powerful paintings
addressed pressing artistic and social concerns of the period.