Brighton Pierrots

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In 1887, two years after he had been introduced to Edgar Degas and French Impressionism, Sickert painted the first of his music hall scenes. Thereafter popular entertainment was a recurring theme in his work. While 'Brighton Pierrots' belongs to that strand of his production, its highly original composition and its use of warm, vivid colour marks a departure from earlier work and points to developments in Sickert's work of the 1920s and 1930s. Sickert spent much of the late summer of 1915 in Brighton as the guest of his patron, the painter Walter Taylor. For five weeks he regularly went to see the Pierrot's perform on a small, temporary stage erected on Brighton beach, making as he did so several preparatory sketches for a painting. On his return to London, Sickert produced the first of his 'Brighton Pierrots' (private collection, reproduced Baron 1973, p.

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Brighton Pierrots




Oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 76.2 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1996

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