DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
 
Charles CONDER | Ladies at leisure

 
CONDER, Charles
England 1868 – England 1909
Australia 1884-90, England and France 1890-1902, England from 1902
Ladies at leisure
["Design for a fan"]
1904
Drawing
Watercolour
watercolour
silk on unknown support
image 20.5 (h) x 47.0 (w) cm
signed om image l.r., watercolour "Conder" dated on image l.r., watercolour "1904"
Purchased 1965
NGA 1965.12
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Conder began to paint fan designs in 1893, gaining a reputation for his work in this genre. He was indebted to French 18th-century fan designs, and to Japanese and Chinese art where the fan shape was common, but he developed his own unique approach. The fluidity of the wash and the fine surface of the silk enabled him to achieve subtle hues and delicate outlines, which suited his fanciful subjects. He could work quickly and with greater spontaneity in these works than he could when painting in oil on canvas.

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