Walter Richard Sickert (Germany,1860-1942, England)
Painter and printmaker who was a major figure in British avant-garde painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sickert settled in England in 1868. After several years working as an actor, in 1881 the Sickert attended the Slade School of Art in London. In 1882 he became an assistant to James McNeill Whistler and the following year he met the French Impressionist Edgar Degas in Paris, both artists greatly influenced his work. His first pictures of London music-hall interiors, which became one of his most typical subjects, appeared in 1888 at the New English Art Club. Such works helped introduce subject matter of everyday life to the British public. After making a living as a portrait painter throughout the 1890s, from 1898 to 1905 Sickert lived in Dieppe, France and in Venice, often painting landscapes.