Walter Richard Sickert

Minnie Cunningham at the Old Bedford

1892

Not on display

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 765 x 638 mm
frame: 915 x 787 x 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1976
Reference
T02039

Display caption

In the 1880s popular music halls sprang up in London and Paris and impressionist artists such as Edgar Degas and Walter Sickert began to paint the audiences and acts. Minnie Cunningham was a successful performer whom Sickert admired. He first exhibited this picture with the subtitle ‘I’m an old hand at love, though I’m young in years’, a quotation from one of her songs. Sickert gives us the point of view of an audience member and catches the strange effect of theatrical lighting.

Gallery label, February 2016

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