Catalogue entry

N03844 TWO WOMEN c. 1895

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 38×30 1/4 (95·5×76·5).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924.
Coll: Presumably acquired direct from the artist by Dalhousie Young, who presented it to the C.A.S. 1911.
Exh: N.E.A.C., April 1895 (75), as ‘A Panel, being part of a scheme for the decoration of a room’; C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester, winter 1911 (63); C.A.S., Paintings and Drawings, Grosvenor House, June–July 1923 (154), as ‘Two Women’.
Lit: Speaight, 1962, p.70.
Repr: The Savoy, No.2, April 1896, p.165; R. H. Wilenski, English Painting, 1954, pl.162.

The frivolous romantic style of this composition is characteristic of Conder and was only a passing phase in the work of Rothenstein. The picture was severely criticized when it was exhibited at the N.E.A.C.

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