Walter Richard Sickert's Interior of St. Mark's, Venice
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 Interior of St. Mark's, Venice
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) -- British painter 
Tate Gallery, London
 Oil on canvas 
 69.8 x 49.2 cm
Purchased 1941N05314
 Jpg: Tate Gallery
    From: Tate Gallery display caption (17-Dec-1993)

    Sickert first visited Venice in 1895 and lived and worked there for a year. His response to the city was influenced by the pastel drawings of his teacher, Whistler, who taught him to make quick, tonal sketches in loosely handled colour. This interior shows the High Altar of the Cathedral of San Marco. He wrote to Steer 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 method of working at this time to Steer as 'to work open and loose, freely, with a full brush and full colour.' 



Sampling of works Sickert

Jacques-Emile Blanchet
c. 1910

The rue Notre-Dame des Champs, Paris:
the entrance to Sargent's studio

exhibited in 1907


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