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The Height of the Season

Walter Richard Sickert

European Art

Sickert explores the meeting of sea and overcast sky in this image of the beach at Dieppe, a resort town on the coast of Normandy. While using a vertically oriented format, Sickert cleanly divides his composition into flat, horizontal bands and applies the blue green of the calm sea and the gray of the low-hanging clouds in thick but evenly applied strokes that run the width of the panel. Although Sickert defines the horizon line with linear precision, he reveals a lighter, more improvisational touch in the puffy white clouds, the patch of blue sky, and the throngs of holiday makers who mark the water’s edge.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885
    DIMENSIONS 12 1/2 x 9 1/8 x 1/8 in. (31.8 x 23.2 x 0.3 cm) frame: 22 7/8 x 19 7/8 x 1 3/4 in. (58.1 x 50.5 x 4.4 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Sickert."
    INSCRIPTIONS Verso upper left: "10 Rue Sygogne/20 mil (?) Vernis"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Ferdinand Gottschalk
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