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Title: Material memory : the work of late Sickert, 1927-42
Author: Seller, Merlin
ISNI:       0000 0004 6350 9672
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis argues that late Sickert was as significant and complex as the Sickert of Camden Town, and explores the richness of the historically specific ways a major British artist’s hitherto neglected corpus functioned. In particular, I investigate the mediation of time and material memory in Sickert's paintings of 1927-42. These works mix responses to contemporary press photography with Victorian imagery from a century earlier at a time when both were loaded with problematic political and cultural meanings. Late Sickert appropriated both past and contemporary mass culture, but I stress the importance of the material conversion of memory. The thesis argues that in his work 'time' is played with in various material ways – from speed to delay and from the time of historiography to the time of painting itself. Spectacle and remembrance were critically negotiated in the space where the materiality of paint meets the different temporal qualities of its source images. These paintings used the material thingness of paint to reflect sceptically on narratives of Englishness in the 1930s.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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