4 June 1999
Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
The Doge's Palace and Campanile, Venice
signed 'W. Sickert' (lower right), signed again, dated and inscribed 'W. Sickert/Venice/1900' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
21 x 18 in. (52.7 x 45.7 cm.)
Paul Robert, Paris.
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.
Baron van der Heyden Hauzeur, Paris, thence by descent to the present owner.
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W. Baron, Sickert, London, 1973, no.129, pp.47, 62, 324, fig.87.
London, Thos. Agnew & Sons, Sickert, March-April 1960, no.43.
Wendy Baron (loc. cit.) comments on the present work, when discussing the difficult of dating Sickert's early Venetian pictures: 'It is unsafe to classify the Venetian landscapes as earlier or later works by making a simple distinction between the sketchily executed paintings ... and the more exciting fullness and richness of tone found in other Venetian paintings. A picture of The Doge's Palace seen across the lagoon [the present work] is an effective demonstration of how such a classification could break down. The horizontally banded composition, the thin fluid paint laid smoothly over a fine canvas, the vague blurred definition, the colours employed (grey-green water, sandy buildings, pale blue and violet sky), all point to a vivid memory of Whistler's methods and would seem to indicate a date at the very beginning of Sickert's first visit to Venice , even before he had developed the fine calligraphy with which he accented his thinly painted landscapes of this time. However, this painting is dated 1900 on the reverse'.
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