Charles Conder

Charles Conder

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Charles Conder was one of the youngest, most original and most talented members of the Heidelberg School of impressionist painters, and one of the few to achieve a lasting reputation outside Australia. His work hangs in many major collections, including the Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Conder painted the Hawkesbury region and Sydney s beaches, including Coogee with Tom Roberts who invited him to Melbourne. There he joined the artists' camps at Box Hill and Heidelberg, painted urban and bayside scenes and was a major instigator of the famous '9 x 5' Exhibition in 1889. As in Sydney, his carefree charm and delicate, witty paintings endeared him to literary and artistic circles. Paris beckoned early, and he soon fell in with the fin de si cle generation led by Oscar Wilde, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Aubrey Beardsley. He embraced Bohemia, was forever in debt, worked erratically but unceasingly and lived as if there were no tomorrow. Although Conder was rescued from poverty by marriage to a wealthy Canadian widow, his bohemian past eventually called in its account. Tragically, hshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 739.37g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 51 illustrations, (10 colour )
  • 0522850847
  • 9780522850840
  • 1,470,680

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"Ann Galbally's beguiling biography is the first complete study of Conder's colourful but all too brief life for more than half a century. Beautifully written and patiently researched, it's a valuable addition to the annals of Australia's Heidelberg School of impressionist painters. . ." --Benjamin Genocchio, "Weekend Australian"show more

About Ann Galbally

Ann Galbally is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Classical Studies and Archaeology, University of Melbourne. She has written several books on the Heidelberg School more