This interior shows the high altar of the cathedral of San Marco in Venice. Sickert first visited the city in 1895 and lived there for a year. He wrote that Venice was ‘mostly sunny and warmish and on cold days I do interiors of St. Mark’s’. Like the French Impressionists, Sickert was interested in the effects of both natural and artificial light conveyed in touches of paint. He described his working method at this time as ‘open and loose, freely, with a full brush and full colour’.
Gallery label, September 2020
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