Covering the full range of Sickert’s subject-matter across his career, from portraits and nudes to crowd scenes and images of found photography, Sickert: The Theatre of Life comprises both loans and works for sale, including a number not exhibited since his lifetime.
“Whether clothed or unclothed, drawn from life or painted from photographs, sometimes seedy, sometimes forbidding, Sickert’s raw human sitters were the defining subject of his career,” the gallery says in its show release.
Among the highlights are The Club Dance, a newly discovered work on display for the first time, and The Plaza Tiller Girls, a series of four paintings depicting the Jazz Age dance troupe who performed at the Plaza cinema in Piccadilly.
The exhibition opens at Piano Nobile’s gallery in Portland Road on September 24 and runs until December 17 with a preview evening on September 23. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with contributions from Sickert scholar Wendy Baron. Prices range from £12,000 to £500,000.