Sickert painted this work during the early part of the first world war, and it has a pervasive atmosphere of strangeness and melancholy. A party of Vaudeville entertainers perform on the Brighton seafront under the setting sun and artificial stage lights. Many of the deckchairs are empty, perhaps hinting at the absence of so many men in the war.
The largest print size option we are able to offer this artwork in is 60 x 80 cm.
Walter Richard Sickert
63.5 x 76.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Brighton Pierrots 1915 Oil paint on canvas 63.6 x 76.8 cm Tate. Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1996
Walter Richard Sickert (1860–1942) was considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He had a direct influence on the style and subject matter of artists in the Camden Town Group and the Euston Road School. Sickert’s active career as an artist lasted for nearly 60 years and his output was vast, including many domestic interiors, portraits, townscapes and theatrical subjects, later basing many of his paintings on photos. Also a writer and teacher, he was a proactive, political force in artistic circles. He was acknowledged as a catalyst for progress and modernity, yet someone who remained independent of groups, cliques and categories.