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Born in London in 1868 Conder arrived in Sydney in 1884, and attended Julian Ashton's Art Society School classes.   Condor met Tom Roberts in Sydney in
1888 and they became close friends, later moving to Melbourne and joining Roberts and Streeton at their Eaglemont
camp.
Condor left for Europe in 1890
 

Charles Conder 'Bronte Beach' 1888

Charles Conder 'Bronte Beach' 1888 - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1982

Charles Conder was one of a celebrated group of artists who painted landscapes outdoors around Sydney and Melbourne during the 1880s. Together with Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton
 he was a major instigator of the groundbreaking 9 by 5 impressions exhibition in Melbourne in 1889. Of this group, Conder was the only one to go on to become a legendary figure in the turn
 of the century art world of Paris and London.
In the 1880s, seaside leisure became a crucial part of Australian imagery. Conder visited Bronte Beach in Sydney on the Queen's Birthday holiday on 24 May 1888. He made two paintings
outdoors on that day, both of which are distinctive for their watercolour-style application of oil paint. In Bronte Beach Conder achieved a particularly pearly translucence. This may have been the
result of his interest in the flat washes of colour in Japanese paintings. Certainly, the high viewpoint and horizon line, flattened perspective and carefully placed figures are reminiscent of the
oriental art much admired at the time. But the hazy sky and sun-bleached expanse of sand evoke a specifically Australian sense of space.
text National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
Ron Radford (ed), Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008
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Bronte Beach 1888
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Under a Southern Sun 1890
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 The Yarra Heidelberg
1890
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original is in the
National Gallery of Australia

   
  Sandringham 1890  
     

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