Walter Richard Sickert

Interior of St Mark’s, Venice

1895–6

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 698 x 492 mm
frame: 887 x 678 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1941
Reference
N05314

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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’.

Gallery label, November 2016

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