Can I paint varnish on top of gesso?

I'm new to oil painting.  I wanted a crisp white background and the only way I could get it was to paint gesso in the background.  Now I'm ready to varnish the painting with gamvar.  I am hoping I can varnish over the gessoed background.  If that's not advisable I will paint it with titanium white oil paint but I really like how white the gessoed background is.  What do you think.  Is varnishing over gesso and the rest of the painting doable?

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