An image of An Impressionist (Tom Roberts)

Charles Conder

(England, Australia 24 Oct 1868 – 09 Feb 1909)

An Impressionist (Tom Roberts)

19th c Australian art
Further information

This lively and evocative portrait of Roberts by his friend Charles Conder is a rare work produced during the artist's brief Australian years (1884–90). Roberts is depicted in a relaxed and characteristic pose, on a modernist scale. The playful zig-zagged background – based on a surveyor's chain, referring to the young artist's early employment in Sydney – prefigures Conder's decorative style, characteristic of his later European work, as well as echoing the cover of the 9 by 5 exhibition catalogue which he designed.

Place of origin
(circa 1889)
oil on cedar panel
28.5 x 23.4 cm board; 50.5 x 35.0 x 4.5 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 28 x 14.7 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date
Signed u.r., blue oil "... C/ -hAR/ -LES/ CONDER". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1997
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