Art: Errand Boy

When Whistler sent his famous Artist's Mother to the 1883 Paris Salon, his bright-eyed errand boy was 23-year-old Walter Sickert. Sickert made the trip count, took a long, penetrating look at the experiments of such French artists as Degas and Manet. Back home in London, he slowly and surely began painting himself out of his place as Whistler's prize pupil into a spot as one of Britain's first & foremost impressionists. Forty of Errand Boy Sickert's paintings on view in London last week showed how good he was.

Rumpled Beds. For his teacher's fashionable...

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