AN ENGLISH CUBIST
He Knew Degas
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He Knew Degas, 1938
Oil on canvas, 91.5 cm x 91.5 cm
The picture shows the painter Walter Sickert (18601942) working in bed while his third wife, Thérèse Lessore (herself a painter, 24 years younger), cuts photographs out of newspapers. In the 1920s and '30s Sickert controversially based a number of pictures on newspaper photographs, and in early 1938 both the Daily Telegraph and The Sketch published a photograph showing him and his wife surrounded by a sea of newspaper cuttings in the artist's studio at St Peter's Thanet.
Sickert and Thérèse Lessore in his studio. For more on Roberts and Sickert, click here.
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the artist by Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 23 May 1984 (£33,000) > private collection
EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Group 1938 (£85), Redfern Gallery 1942, Tate Gallery 1965, Worthing 1972
REPRODUCED: The Sketch, 23 Nov. 1938
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