Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Sickert Discovery

This painting in muddy oil paints on canvas, The Blind Sea Captain (ca 1914) by Walter Sickert ARA, has emerged after 80 years in obscurity. It was last seen in 1930 when it was loaned for exhibition by Sir Cyril Kendall Butler. His granddaughter has put it up for auction at Bonhams in London on the 9 March (CLICK). Its estimated value is £40,000 to £60,000. Sickert was considered avant-garde in his day, infamous for his ghastly nudes entitled The Camden Town Murder and a leading light in the Camden Town Group of artists. He is credited with helping to push British art from Impressionism to Modernism, so he has a lot to answer for! Click the title link to see more.


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