barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Walter Sickert (1860-1942)

La Gaité, Montparnasse

Montparnasse, about 1919

Etching and engraving

Plate 14.1 x 10.7 cm; mount 15.8 x 11.9 cm

The focus of this print is not the performance, but the audience, seen from the front of the stage. From the late 1880s, Sickert often depicted the music hall in his work. It offered a popular form of entertainment, in Victorian and Edwardian London, as in Paris. But while in England such subject matter in the visual arts was regarded as vulgar, in France, thanks in part to Degas’s and Manet’s portrayals of café culture and modern urban life, it was of widespread interest. Sickert, very much inspired by Degas, became the first English artist to portray these centres of entertainment.

Purchased 2016 (No. 2016.6)

Bequeathed by Charles Branchini through the Art Fund

Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The story of the Prodigal Son - The prodigal son leaving his father’s house

Learn more

Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The Story of the Prodigal Son - The Prodigal Son Squandering His Inheritance on Harlots

Learn more

Orazio Farinati (1559 – after 1616)

The Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist

Learn more

Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

The Death of the Children of Niobe

Learn more