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

Introduction
Melbourne 18881890
Montmartre 18901891
Algeria 18911892
Normandy 18921895
Dieppe 1895
Lart nouveau winter 18951896
Fans and Fêtes galantes 1896
Changing Fortunes 18971899
Stella 18991901
Days of Wine and Roses 19021904
A Darkening World 19041909
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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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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