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The Height of the Season

Walter Richard Sickert

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
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)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Sickert."
    INSCRIPTIONS Verso upper left: "10 Rue Sygogne/20 mil (?) Vernis"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 18.37
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Ferdinand Gottschalk
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    CAPTION Walter Richard Sickert (British, born Germany 1860-1942). The Height of the Season, 1885. Oil on panel, 12 1/2 x 9 1/8 x 1/8 in. (31.8 x 23.2 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ferdinand Gottschalk, 18.37. © artist or artist's estate
    IMAGE overall, 18.37_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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