Café des Tribunaux, Dieppe, 1890
Walter Richard Sickert
Danish, British, 1860
oil on canvas
67.6 x 50.6 cm
Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4811)
Walter Sickert's innovative subject matter and technique made him one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Early in his career, he reacted against the academic teaching of English art schools. He moved to France where he assimilated many of the tenets of Impressionism, and was particularly inspired by the paintings of his friend Edgar Degas.
The Café des Tribunaux is located at the intersection of two of the busiest streets of Dieppe. The open space of the street is painted in soft pink tones and reveals something of Sickert's cautious interest in the new techniques and subjects of the Impressionist painters. However, the scene is bathed in shade and its subtle tonal range shows the influence of his teacher, James McNeil Whistler.