Charles CONDER

Tottenham, Middlesex, England 1868 – Virginia Water, Surrey, England 1909

  • Australia 1884-90
  • England and France from 1890

Ladies at leisure ["Design for a fan"] 1904 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: silk on unknown support

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right on image in watercolour, 'Conder 1904'.
Dimensions: image 20.5 h x 47.0 w cm mount 36.6 h x 57.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1965
Accession No: NGA 65.12
  • Purchased by the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (C.A.A.B.), from an unidentified vendor, January 1965.
  • Conder began to paint fan designs in 1893, gaining a reputation for his work in this genre. He was indebted to French 18th-century fan designs, and to Japanese and Chinese art where the fan shape was common, but he developed his own unique approach. The fluidity of the wash and the fine surface of the silk enabled him to achieve subtle hues and delicate outlines, which suited his fanciful subjects. He could work quickly and with greater spontaneity in these works than he could when painting in oil on canvas.

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