Artist biography

Charles CONDER 1868–1909

Painter of Arcadian fantasies, landscapes and fans; occasional etcher and lithographer. Born 24 October 1868 in London. Spent his early childhood in India and England, emigrating to Australia 1884. Studied at a Sydney life class 1887 and at the Melbourne Gallery 1889, painting mainly landscapes. Exhibited with the Australian Impressionists, Melbourne, 1889. On his return to Europe 1890 studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and the Atelier Cormon; worked in the Louvre and was influenced by Anquetin, Puvis de Chavannes, the eighteenth-century Saint-Aubin brothers and Watteau. Exhibited with William Rothenstein in Paris 1891. Convalesced in Algiers December 1891–spring 1892. Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and member of the N.E.A.C. 1893. Decorated a room for Bing's ‘Maison de l'Art Moderne’, Paris 1895. Settled in London 1897, making frequent journeys to Paris and Dieppe. First London one-man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery 1899. Exhibited at the Society of Twelve 1904–6. His late works included landscapes and seascapes in a more robust, naturalistic style. Became seriously ill June 1906 and was forced to abandon painting. Died at Virginia Water 9 April 1909. Memorial exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries 1913 and the Tate Gallery 1927.

Lit: Frank Gibson, Charles Conder: His Life and Work, 1914; John Rothenstein, The Life and Death of Conder, 1938.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I