Jacques-Émile Blanche

Charles Conder


Not on display

Jacques-Émile Blanche 1861–1942
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1108 × 864 mm
frame: 1444 × 1193 × 76 mm
Presented by Georges A. Mevil-Blanche 1947

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Jacques-Emile Blanche lived near Dieppe and was a friend of Degas, Manet and Renoir. However, he also made frequent visits to England, where he painted and exhibited and was well known in artistic and society circles. This is a portrait of the British painter Charles Conder (1868-1909), who was greatly interested in contemporary French art. Conder befriended Toulouse-Lautrec who helped him obtain an exhibition in Paris. Blanche first met Conder in Paris, but they became friends in 1895 when they both spent the summer in Dieppe. This portrait, which captures his flamboyant character, was painted in Conder's house in London.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Jacques-Emile Blanche 1861-1942

N05754 Charles Conder 1904

Inscribed 'J.E. Blanche 1904 | Ch. Conder' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 43 5/8 x 34(111 x 86.5)
Presented by Georges A. Mevil-Blanche 1947
Prov: Georges A. Mevil-Blanche, Offranville (bequest from the artist)
Exh: Portraits d'Hommes, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, December 1907-January 1908 (6); Salon de la Société Nationale, Paris, April-June 1908 (118); X Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, April-October 1912 (Blanche 27); International Society, London, November 1925 (265); Jacques-Emile Blanche: His Art and his Collection, Leicester Galleries, London, May-June 1939 (87)
Lit: Jacques-Emile Blanche, Propos de Peintre: De David à Degas (Paris 1927), pp.93-6; Exhibition: The Memoirs of Oliver Brown (London 1968), p.21
Repr: Kunst für Alle, XXIX, 1913, p.125; Jacques-Emile Blanche, Portraits of a Lifetime (London 1937), facing p.84

The painter Charles Conder (1868-1909). Blanche first met Conder long before in Paris, but they only became friends in 1895 when they were both spending the summer at Dieppe. The portrait was painted in Conder's house in London, 91 Cheyne Walk. Blanche describes the sittings in Propos de Peintre: De David à Degas (Paris 1927), pp.93-6.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.57, reproduced p.57


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