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 | Mornington Crescent nude, contre-jour

Germany 1860 – England
England 1868-98, France 1898-1905, with regular visits to Italy, France 1919-22, England from 1942
Mornington Crescent nude, contre-jour 1907
oil on canvas
50.8 (h) x 61.1 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, A.R. Ragless Bequest Fund in 1963
© Walter Sickert, 1907/DACS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney

Mornington Crescent nude, contre-jour is one of a series of works that Sickert painted following the murder of a prostitute in Camden Town, the rough North London neighbourhood where he lived and had a studio. It has been argued that the real subject of this work is in fact the effect of natural light. The French term contre-jour means lit from behind that is, almost producing the effect of a silhouette.

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