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Sylvia Gosse | Post-Impressionist painter

Laura Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) was an English painter and printmaker.
She also ran an art school with the painter Walter Sickert.
Laura Sylvia Gosse, known as Sylvia, was the youngest of three children of Ellen (Epps) Gosse and English poet and critic Sir Edmund Gosse.
Her grandfather was the naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, and the painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema was her uncle by marriage.

Gosse got her art training first at the St. John's Wood Art School and then at the Royal Academy of Art (1906-09).
In 1908, the artist Walter Sickert was impressed by her talent and decided she should learn etching.
She enrolled in Sickert's evening classes, first at the Westminster School of Art and then at a private art school he founded in the Hampstead Road.
Gosse eventually took over responsibility for running this school, which became known as Rowlandson House (alternatively, the Sickert and Gosse School of Painting and Etching).

She served as co-principal from 1910 until it closed in 1914 and taught some classes there as well.
Gosse had an independent income, and without her financial support the school would have closed much sooner.
Gosse remained close to Sickert and his wife Christine, whom she nursed through her final illness in 1920.
Afterwards, she managed Sickert's household and served at times as his studio assistant.
In the 1930s, she was one of the organizers of the Sickert Fund, which was raised to enable Sickert to be financially independent.

Harold Gilman | Portrait of Sylvia Gosse, 1913 | Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshir

Art career

Gosse first exhibited her work in 1911 at the New English Art Club, and a portrait of her father was shown in the 1912 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
In 1913, she had her first solo show, at the Carfax Gallery, and she was elected to the London Group around the same time.
She was also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
She continued exhibiting for several more decades.

Eye cataracts put an end to her painting in 1961, and she died in 1968.
Sickert's influence shows both in Gosse's brushy style and in her subject matter, which leans towards domestic interiors, street scenes, and London night life.
She often worked from photographs, and one of her better-known paintings is Madrid Crowd, painted from a published news photograph of a Madrid crowd in 1931.
Her work is held by numerous British museums, including the Tate, the British Government Art Collection, the National Portrait Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, and many others. | Source: © Wikipedia

Laura Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) è stata una pittrice ed incisore Inglese.
Gestiva anche una scuola d'arte con il pittore Walter Sickert.

Laura Sylvia Gosse, conosciuta come Sylvia, era la più giovane di tre figli di Ellen (Epps) Gosse e del poeta e critico inglese Sir Edmund Gosse.
Suo nonno era il naturalista Philip Henry Gosse, ed il pittore Lawrence Alma-Tadema era suo zio per matrimonio.
Gosse ha ottenuto la sua formazione artistica prima alla St. John's Wood Art School e poi alla Royal Academy of Art (1906-09).

Nel 1908, l'artista Walter Sickert fu colpito dal suo talento e decise che avrebbe dovuto imparare l'acquaforte.
Si iscrisse ai corsi serali di Sickert, prima alla Westminster School of Art e poi ad una scuola d'arte privata da lui fondata in Hampstead Road.
Alla fine Gosse si assunse la responsabilità di dirigere questa scuola, che divenne nota come Rowlandson House (in alternativa, la Sickert and Gosse School of Painting and Etching).
Ha servito come co-preside dal 1910 fino alla sua chiusura nel 1914 e ha insegnato anche lì alcune classi.
Gosse aveva un reddito indipendente e senza il suo sostegno finanziario la scuola avrebbe chiuso molto prima.

Gosse rimase vicina a Sickert ed a sua moglie Christine, che curò durante la sua ultima malattia nel 1920.
Successivamente, ha gestito la casa di Sickert ea volte ha lavorato come sua assistente di studio.
Negli anni '30 è stata una delle organizzatrici del Fondo Sickert, che è stato creato per consentire a Sickert di essere finanziariamente indipendente.