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 | Ennui

Germany 1860 – England
England 1868-98, France 1898-1905, with regular visits to Italy, France 1919-22, England from 1942
Ennui c.1914-18
oil on canvas
76.0 (h) x 56.0 (w) cm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Hindley Smith Bequest, 1939
© Walter Sickert, c.1914-18/DACS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
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Virginia Woolf imaginatively described this ambiguous scene: ‘the picture of the old publican, with his glass on the table before him and a cigar gone cold at his lips, looking out of his shrewd little pig’s eyes at the intolerable wastes of desolation in front of him. A fat woman lounges, her arm on a cheap yellow chest of drawers, behind him. It is all over with them, one feels. The accumulated weariness of innumerable days has discharged its burden on them’. (Woolf, 1934)

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