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The Miner
4 0 c m
actual image size: 18cm x 32cm


This picture is based on a press photograph showing a miner's reunion with his wife after a stay-down strike in the pit. The use of press photography appealed to Sickert. The mechanical cropping of the image as a snap shot of 'real life' gave the painting an awkward vitality at odds with traditional notions of composition. He enlarged the image to life-size, giving the working man and his wife an almost heroic significance.

Image Details

h: 1276 w: 768
Oil on canvas
Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1944
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