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Charles CONDER

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

  • Australia 1884-90
  • England and France from 1890

The coming of spring 1888 Place made: Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right in watercolour, 'Chas Conder / 1888'. Titled centre right in watercolour, 'The Coming / of / Spring'.
Dimensions: image 16.0 h x 16.4 w cm sheet 16.0 h x 16.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.599

Charles Conder’s The coming of Spring  is a delightfully tiny concoction, all watery high colour and soft atmospherics. It reflects Conder’s passion for Japanese woodblock prints in the truncated decorative elements and homage to the aesthetics of Japanese design. While this shimmering landscape may have been painted in Conder’s studio, it is spontaneous and fresh with memories of sojourns in the Hawkesbury district with Julian Ashton. While Conder spent only eight years in Australia and his later work is typified by fanciful landscapes, Coming of spring shows an underlying sensitivity to the Australian bush, and is underpinned by his association with the Heidelberg School artists Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton. 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra