<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

Walter Richard Sickert, 1860–1942, British, born in Germany

La Giuseppina

1903 to 1904
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 21 1/2 x 18 3/16 inches (54.6 x 46.2 cm)

Signed in black paint, lower left: "Sickert"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brushstrokes | costume | couch | interior | map | portrait | sofa | studio (work space) | woman
Not on view

Walter Richard Sickert spent the winter and spring of 1903–4 in Venice, where he had been a regular visitor since 1895. Forced indoors by the incessant rain that winter, he hired prostitutes to pose for him in the dingy apartment he had rented for the season near the Rialto, which served as his studio. He referred to each of them by a nickname. In this case he dubbed his model "La Giuseppina," and she became his favorite, regularly sitting for him as he worked diligently from 9 to 11 am and 1 to 4 pm each day. In a letter to a fellow artist, Sickert described "the uninterrupted pleasure of these kind, obliging little models" and how they liked to amuse him "with smutty talk while posing like angels." It was in Venice that Sickert first began painting figures in domestic interiors inspired by the example of his mentor, Edgar Degas.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 9, 19, no. 50, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Wendy Baron, Sickert : Paintings and Drawings, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2006, p. 282, no. 192.2, NJ18 Si12 +B375 2006 Oversize (YCBA)

H. F. Constantine, SIckert in Sheffield, Burlington Magazine, vol. 99,no.655, October 1957, pp. 346-7, N1 B87 + (YCBA)

Giuseppina, Studio, v. 141, May 1951, p. 132, J10 St94 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

La Giuseppina, Studio, v. 167, April 1964, p. X, J10 St94 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 9,19, no. 50, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Richard Shone, Walter Sickert, Phaidon, Oxford, 1988, p. 28, fig. 19, NJ18 Si12 S56 (YCBA)

If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.