Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Starr, Sidney

The City Atlas
oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Sidney Starr (c.1866 - 1925) was an English genre, portrait, landscape and decorative painter. He spent the first half of his artistic career in Britain and Europe, before moving to New York in 1892. Starr's early work was much influenced by Whistler. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1882-86; he was prize-winner at the Paris International Exhibition in 1889; he became member of the New York Watercolor Club.

The concentration on London subject-matter was apparent in the work of Starr. Urban problems resulting from 19th-century expansion in the cities - such as unemployment, poverty, child labour, alcoholism and prostitution - were almost totally absent from this art. The city was being viewed as a predominantly middle-class thing. He retained British nationality. He died in New York in 1925.