Walter Richard Sickert

Venetian Woman (Blackmail)

c. 1903-1904
Walter Sickert was a student and assistant of Whistler and a friend of Degas, and the influence of both artists can be seen in his work. While Sickert often visited Venice, this pastel was actually made in London. The iron bed and hoop-backed chair are props from the artist's studio which appear in a series of works whose titles suggest urban drama. Sickert once observed: "The fact that a painter sees in any scene the elements of pictorial beauty is the obvious and sufficient explanation of his motive for painting it."
Title
Venetian Woman (Blackmail)
Date
c. 1903-1904
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pastel on cream wove paper, mounted on cardboard
Dimensions
67.3 x 54.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1955
Accession number
6389

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