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Walter Sickert

painting of a performer in a white dress, spotlit on a stage and surrounded by an audience

Walter Richard Sickert Little Dot Hetherington at the Bedford Music Hall 1888–89 Private Collection. Photo: James Mann

Discover the boundary-pushing paintings by one of Britain’s most influential artists

Walter Sickert is recognised as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, having helped shape modern British art as we know it. With ties to renowned painters from James Abbott McNeill Whistler to Edgar Degas, he strengthened the artistic connections between Britain and France and continues to influence contemporary painters to this very day.

The first major retrospective of Sickert at Tate in over 60 years, this exhibition explores how he had an often radical, distinctive approach to setting and subject matter. From working off detailed sketches to taking inspiration from news photography, these were the tools he used to depict his vision of everyday life.

A former actor, he had a flair and fascination for all things theatrical, including performers in music halls crafted on canvas, and nude portraits staged in intimate, domestic settings. His imagination was also fuelled by current events including the rise of celebrity culture, and he used this to create compelling narratives.

Much like the man, his art was complex. Creative and colourful, his body of work was ever-changing and can be interpreted in different ways. His own self-portraits, for example, showcase how he evolved throughout his career – from his beginnings as an actor and artistic apprentice, to becoming one of the most gifted and influential artists of his time.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


28 April – 18 September 2022

  • Extended opening hours until 22.00 on 1 July for Late at Tate Britain
  • Booking is recommended, although a few tickets might be available on the door.
  • Members enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.


£18 / Free for Members

Concessions available

£5 for Tate Collective. 16–25? Sign up and log in to book

Start your weekend with a guided tour of the exhibition: £30 / £12 for Members. Choose the 10.15 time slot on a Saturday to book

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Supported by

The Walter Sickert Exhibition Supporters Circle

Robert and Matthew Travers, PIANO NOBILE, London

Tate International Council

and Tate Patrons

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