British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash is an Arts programme.
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British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash
Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of how three British artists responded to the cataclysm of World War One. Walter Sickert's early career as an actor is long forgotten and he is now remembered for his art. But he never left the stage behind. Always shape-shifting between roles, Sickert's appearance never stayed still. And his art, too, was in perpetual transformation. Dazzlingly original, deeply unsettling, poised on the brink of violence. For most, proof that Sickert is the godfather of modern British art, but for a few at the fringes, evidence he is Jack the Ripper. But Sickert was no perpetrator, just an unflinching witness, notably, to the cataclysm of World War One. Too old to fight in Flanders, Sickert painted edgy, compelling, subtle pictures of those who had been left behind. He painted people trying to get on with lives that were being shattered by the conflict. Episode 2.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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