An image of Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay

Charles Conder

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

Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay

Other titles:
Departure of S.S. "Orient" from Circular Quay, Sydney, Departure of the 'Orient', The Departure of Orient Steamer, Departure of S.S. Orient, Departure of SS. Orient, Departure of S.S. "Orient" from Circular Quay, Sydney, Departure of the S.S. Orient, Departure of the s.s. Orient - Circular Quay, Departure of the 'Orient' - Circular Quay
Location
Not on display
Further information

Arriving in Australia as an adolescent in 1884, Charles Conder became one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism. He returned to Europe six years later to become a legendary figure of the fin de siècle, mixing with leading artists and writers including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde.

Exhibited in Sydney in 1888, 'Departure of the Orient – Circular Quay' was Conder’s impressive artistic debut. With its silvery-grey tonality, contrasted with touches of brilliant colour, the work reflects the influence of Whistler and the principles of Aesthetic painting. Conder’s interest in Japanese art – or Whistler-inspired Japonisme – with its large, empty spaces, is also paramount.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1888
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45.1 x 50.1 cm stretcher; 67.0 x 72.0 x 7.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, incised "CHAS CONDER/ SYDNEY/ 1888". Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "CHAS CONDER/ SYDNEY/ 1888".
Credit
Purchased 1888
Accession number
829