Charles Conder: The Last Bohemian

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Dec 30, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 311 pages
A gifted artist whose personal style and unconventional life made him one of the most intriguing artists of the late 19th century is portrayed in this biography of Charles Conders. A friend of Tom Roberts and student of Frederick McCubbin, Conder was one of the few painters of the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists to achieve a reputation in Europe. After contributing to the famous 9 x 5 Exhibition in Melbourne in 1889, Conders traveled to Paris, where he mingled with such fin de si cle leaders as Oscar Wilde, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Aubrey Beardsley. There he readily embraced bohemia and found himself forever in debt, while he lived as though there were no tomorrow. Saved from poverty by marriage to a wealthy widow, the painter nevertheless descended into syphilitic madness and died before the age of 40.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements XV
Melbourne 18881890 29
Montmartre 18901891 63
Algeria 18911892 89 4 Algeria 18911892
Dieppe 1895 122
Fans and Fêtes galantes 1896 162
Changing Fortunes 18971899 178
Stella 18991901 199
Notes 283
Bibliography 297
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\Ann Galbally is an associate professor in the department of fine arts, classical studies, and archaeology at the University of Melbourne. Her previous books include Redmond Barry: An Anglo-Irish Australian.

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