N03844 TWO WOMEN c. 1895
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.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II