Monday, 24 September 2007

Camden Town Nudes

Walter Sickert - Seated Nude (1906) © Estate of Walter R. Sickert, DACS 2007Prostitution must be the in-thing at the moment. From 25 October 2007 to 20 January 2008, the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House will be exhibiting Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes. Sickert lived and worked in Camden Town, London, and painted prostitutes in their sleazy bedsits. He's credited with reinventing the nude from 1905 to 1912 by deglamorizing it. I thought Peter Paul Rubens did that three centuries ago. There's nothing less glamorous than a fat, crinkly Rubens' bum. The exhibition will also include Sickert’s four so-called Camden Town Murder paintings. Don't all rush at once.


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