OIL PAINTING: Woman Washing Her Hair, 1906
Sickert's Woman Washing her Hair shows the continued influence on him of the French artist Degas. In a voyeuristic moment of bathing intimacy typical of Degas, Sickert crops off the head in a composition which in showing a keyhole-like view is also reminiscent of Degas. However, the decorative effects of wallpaper and carpet confined by strong verticals and horizontals, and in addition the subject of ablution, was also probably influenced by Bonnard, whose work was visible that year at the Salon d'Automne. Sickert used two models at the Quai Voltaire, Adeline and Blanche. It was the latter who posed for this picture, and Sickert wrote warmly to his friend Nan Hudson that she was 'most enchanting ... the thinnest of the thin like a little eel, and exquisitely shaped, with red hair'.