Walter Richard Sickert

Interior of St Mark’s, Venice

1895–6

In Tate Britain

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

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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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