Sickert first visited Venice in 1895 and lived and worked there for a year. This interior shows the high altar of the cathedral of San Marco. He wrote in late 1895 that Venice was ‘mostly sunny and warmish and on cold days I do interiors of St. Mark’s’.
Like the French Impressionists, Sickert was preoccupied with the effects of both natural and artificial light conveyed in touches of paint. He described his working method at this time as ‘to work open and loose, freely, with a full brush and full colour’.