Walter Richard Sickert

Pierrot and Woman Embracing

c.1901

Not on display

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Gouache and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 410 x 311 mm
frame: 550 x 450 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Lady Henry Cavendish-Bentinck 1940
Reference
N05095

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This is a preliminary sketch for Venetian Stage Scene, a painting now in a private collection. It combines Sickert's interests in architecture and theatre with a poignant element of fantasy.A central character of Italian and French pantomime, Pierrot was identified by his loose white clothes, white-painted face, tall hat and air of melancholy. The subject was to re-emerge a decade later, in Sickert's wartime meditation Brighton Pierrots, also on display here.

Gallery label, August 2004

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