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The Height of the Season
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.
- Artist: Walter Richard Sickert, British, born Germany 1860-1942
- 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
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)