The Bathers, Dieppe, 1902

Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)

'Bathers, Dieppe', Walter Sickert

In this picture the sea dominates our view. The cropped figures at the right-hand side make the layout of the painting seem accidental. In fact it has been carefully arranged. This unusual composition was probably influenced by the work of the French Impressionist artist Degas. The same figure wearing the striped bathing suit is repeated three times creating a sense of distance in the picture. The artist's energetic and broad brushstrokes help to conjure up the feeling of movement in the breaking waves of the sea.

Oil on canvas

National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery