Charles Conder


?exhibited 1904

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Charles Conder 1868–1909
Watercolour on fabric
Support: 610 × 470 mm
Presented by Lady Davis 1917

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Before settling in London in 1901, Conder lived in Paris where his main occupation was painting figures on silk panels for fans and screens. He also painted decorations for dresses, and this is one of a number of watercolours that Conder made of women in sumptuous dresses, either engaged in conversation or sitting out at the theatre or a ball.

The influence of the French Rococo artist Antoine Watteau, is evident from both the style and subject matter of this watercolour.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

N03195 GOSSIP c. 1904
Not inscribed.
Watercolour on silk, 24×18 1/2 (61×47).
Presented by Lady Davis 1917.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Edmund Davis from the Leicester Galleries 1913.
Exh: (?) Leicester Galleries, October 1904 (8), as ‘Les Causeuses’; Leicester Galleries, January 1913 (13), as ‘Gossip’.
Lit: Gibson, 1914, p.100; Rothenstein, 1938, p.259.
Repr: V. & A., Twentieth Century British Watercolours, 1958, pl.2.

The artist often painted groups of ladies in elegant period costume, engaged in conversation, or sitting out at the theatre or ball. A lithograph entitled ‘Gossip’ was shown at the Society of Twelve in 1905 (63), and a fan ‘Les Causeuses’ was exhibited at the Galerie Moret, Paris, in 1901, but these compositions are not specifically related to N03195.

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

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