Laura Sylvia Gosse
, British, 1881 - 1968
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 445 x 343mm
Overall: 589 x 486 x 35mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.210
As with many of Silvia Gosse’s paintings, this has the feeling of a captured moment. The figure in the foreground has been caught in motion, passing in front of the artist almost obscuring the subject of the work; Les Rentiers or the pensioners, chatting in the centre. Perhaps it is even a self-portrait?
It was probably painted on one of Gosse’s visits to her house near Dieppe. During her career she worked closely with Walter Sickert, whose influence can be seen in both the subject matter and technique.