‘Partners in Crime’ at the Walker

This might look like a bit of a crime scene at the moment as well but its just that I was at the Walker this morning before they had even finished hanging the pictures on the wall.
‘Partners in Crime’ is just the two paintings hanging side by side – Cézanne’s The Murder and Sickert’s Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom. The common theme for these two rather sinister paintings is murder.

Cezanne is often referred to as the father of modern art and is credited with influencing such artists as Picasso and Matisse. The Murder was painted in 1867 and is an early, dark example of Paul Cezanne’s work. A novel by Zola, in which the heroine murders her husband, may have inspired the choice of subject. In the painting, the murderer is lifting his hand ready to give the final blow, while his accomplice uses all his strength to hold the victim down.

Walter Sickert’s interpretation of Jack the Rippers Bedroom (1906) is a shadowy, macabre piece, with a bed just distinguishable beneath the filtered half-light coming through the blinded window. The colours used are muted and the onlooker is left with more questions than answers. Some believe that Sickert was Jack the Ripper.

The Cezanne is from the Walker’s collection and the Sickert from Manchester Art Gallery as this is one of a series of collaborations between the two galleries under the title of Partners in Art.
They are in the Impressionists room until May 31st 2006


  1. You mention Zola. Is the work Therese Racquin by Emile Zola? With Camile, Loren and Therese? But. mind you saying this Zola did love the dark side of the human nature in his writings, which are known for their philosophical contents within a fictional setting.

  2. PS: The reason I am familiar with Emile Zola is that this piece on Therese Raquin, was adapted by the Pacitti Company, which myself and Roger Hill were invited to collaborate and create further pieces on the themes of this via the Bluecoats. This was as an artist, a wonderful and exceptional opportunity and one of my favourite pieces to date. Please read this link for further insight http://www.thunderchunky.co.uk/finale.html. Wow! Just thinking it is all the way back to 2003! Where does time go! LOL!

  3. Erm, dunno. Have to admit to just lifting that bit from the Walker website. Forgot to put it in quotes. I’m sure you’re probably right though.


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