Sickert’s title is French for ‘boredom’. The couple in the painting seem to embody this boredom, with their surroundings and perhaps also each other. A bell jar filled with taxidermy birds sits next to the woman, who appears to be staring at the wall rather than looking in the same direction as the man. It’s full of naturalistic details that entice the viewer to interpret the image as they see fit.
Please note that the largest print size we are able to offer for this artwork is 80 x 60 cm.
Walter Richard Sickert
FSC Certified paper and wood
Original: Ennui c.1914 Oil paint on canvas 152.4 x 112.4 cm Tate. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924
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.