DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Walter SICKERT | The integrity of Belgium

Germany 1860 – England
England 1868-98, France 1898-1905, with regular visits to Italy, France 1919-22, England from 1942
The integrity of Belgium 1914
oil on canvas
unframed 92.5 (h) x 71.5 (w) cm
Government Art Collection of the United Kingdom, London
© Walter Sickert, 1914/DACS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney

Sickert painted The integrity of Belgium as a tribute to the courage of the Belgians in the defence of Liège, and sold it to raise money for the Belgian Relief Fund. When it was displayed in the Royal Academy, London, in 1915, it was described as being a realistic battle image, showing: ‘the land far stretched to the horizon, the mists rising from the ground; in the foreground is a soldier leading the attack; to the left are faintly discerned the ranks of resolute Belgians’. (The Sunday Times, January 17, 1915)  Sickert never visited the front, and painted the work in his studio in London.

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