Vernet’s dance hall: Walter Sickert / Daily mirror

Stevens, Bethan (2011) Vernet’s dance hall: Walter Sickert / Daily mirror. The Noble Folios . Sylph Editions. ISBN 9780956509246

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Abstract

The second edition of The Nobile Folios is prefaced by Wendy Baron, the prime authority on Walter Sickert’s work and life. Vernet’s Dance Hall was painted by Sickert during the winter of 1920-21, most probably in Dieppe, and presents Sickert at his most ambiguous. Clues are virtually nonexistent, shapes are eccentric. Wendy Baron suggests that the painting does not depend on our understanding of the subject, and that it is much more interesting if it is seen as a gateway to the intriguing insights it affords into the uncompromising objectivity of Sickert’s eye and his mischievous intelligence.
It is these qualities that Bethan Stevens addresses so successfully in her short story ‘Daily Mirror’. Presented as a set of letters written to The Daily Mirror by ‘an Appreciator’ of the paper, a haunting story unravels that says as much about the early 20th century music halls as Sickert’s painting.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose. Prose fiction
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
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Depositing User: Bethan Stevens
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 08:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53658
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