Walter Richard Sickert

La Hollandaise

c.1906

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 511 × 406 mm
frame: 722 × 630 × 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1983
Reference
T03548

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Sickert challenged traditional idealised treatments of the nude. He placed his figures in real environments. This is one of several paintings showing a naked woman in poor surroundings: on a cheap iron bed in a dimly-lit room. The painting does not reveal the woman’s identity, but the title, ‘The Dutch Girl’, may refer to the nickname of a sex-worker in a realist novel by the nineteenth-century French author, Honoré de Balzac. The brush marks form a surface so rough that, if you look at it closely, the image seems to fragment.

Gallery label, October 2020

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