Female nude reclining on a bed which has brass bedsteads
Le Lit de Cuivre translates to ‘copper bed’. There are several versions of this painting in existence. Sickert had begun to draw nudes on metal bedsteads in Dieppe in 1902 and on his return from Venice in 1904 he began to paint the subject. He continued to do so in London often working from drawings made in France eg. "Le Lit de Fer". In many of his post-Venetian paintings of the nude, Sickert broke away from a horizontal planar emphasis by placing the bed in a diagonal recession or even at right angles to the surface. This work shows how Sickert had begun to develop a broken, crusty touch in the paint work


  • Title: Reclining Nude - Le Lit de Cuivre
  • Date: About, 1906
  • Physical Dimensions: w644 x h541 mm
  • Provenance: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter City Council.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Artist: Walter Richard Sickert

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