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An Impressionist (Tom Roberts)

Charles Condercirca 1889

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.

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  • Title: An Impressionist (Tom Roberts)
  • Creator: Charles Conder
  • Date Created: circa 1889
  • Location: Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 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
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1997
  • Medium: oil on cedar panel
  • Signature & Date: Signed u.r., blue oil "... C/ -hAR/ -LES/ CONDER". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England, Australia


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