At first glance, the composition of Sickert’s painting may appear confusing. His audience members, in the dark of the auditorium, gaze forward, but the performer in red stands to their left, outside of their eyeshot. The title makes sense of the spectacle – Sickert has chosen to paint the performer reflected in the mirror at the side of the stage – it is her reflection in profile that we see, not the front-facing view that the audience are captivated by.
Please note that the largest print size we are able to offer for this artwork is 60 x 45 cm.
Walter Richard Sickert
The P.S. Wings in the O.P. Mirror
FSC Certified paper and wood
Original: The P.S. Wings in the O.P. Mirror c.1888–89 Oil paint on canvas 62.2 x 52 cm © C. Lancien, C. Loisel /Réunion des Musées Métropolitains Rouen Normandie
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.