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Title

Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay

1888


Artist

Charles Conder

England, Australia

24 Oct 1868 - 09 Feb 1909


About

Arriving in Australia as an adolescent in 1884, Charles Conder became one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism. He returned to Europe six years later to become a legendary figure of the fin de siècle, mixing with leading artists and writers including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde.

Exhibited in Sydney in 1888, 'Departure of the Orient – Circular Quay' was Conder’s impressive artistic debut. With its silvery-grey tonality, contrasted with touches of brilliant colour, the work reflects the influence of Whistler and the principles of Aesthetic painting. Conder’s interest in Japanese art – or Whistler-inspired Japonisme – with its large, empty spaces, is also paramount.


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Other Titles

Departure of S.S. "Orient" from Circular Quay, Sydney

Departure of the 'Orient'

The Departure of Orient Steamer

Departure of S.S. Orient

Departure of SS. Orient

Departure of S.S. "Orient" from Circular Quay, Sydney

Departure of the S.S. Orient

Departure of the s.s. Orient - Circular Quay

Departure of the 'Orient' - Circular Quay


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1888


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

45.1 x 50.1 cm stretcher; 67.0 x 72.0 x 7.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, incised "CHAS CONDER/ SYDNEY/ 1888".
Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "CHAS CONDER/ SYDNEY/ 1888".


Credit

Purchased 1888


Accession number

829


Artist information

Charles Conder

Artist profile

Works in the collection

35


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 22 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 80 publications

Bibliography


Leigh Astbury, Meridian, 'Poetic impulses in Australian landscape painting: the Heidelberg school reconsidered', pg. 123 - 141., Bundoora, Oct 1985, 129.

Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xi, xv, (colour illus.). plate no. 14

Herbert Badham, A study of Australian art, Sydney, 1949, 2 (colour illus.), 53.

Tim Bonyhady, Australia's impressionists, 'The sunny south', pg. 19-30, London, 2016, 20 ,74 (colour illus.), 113, 124, 126. cat.no. 11

Bonny Cassidy., Tertangala, 'Charles Conder: a retrospective 1868-1909', Wollongong, Aug 2003, (illus.). Exhibition review.

Mary Eagle, Australian Impressionism, 'Friendly rivalry: paintings of waterside Sydney, 1888 and 1890', pg. 103-108, Melbourne, 2007, 321, 104, 106-108, 79, 113 (colour illus.), 107 (colour illus. detail). cat.no. 6.3

Peter Entwisle, Nerli - An exhibition of paintings & drawings, 'G.P. Nerli: Influences in Australia', pg. 28-38, Dunedin, 1988, 21 (illus.), 28, 32, 34, 36.

Brian Finemore, Painting, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, London, 1961, 4, 13 (illus.). This work is titled "Departure of the S.S. Orient".

Ann Galbally, Craft arts international, 'Charles Conder 1868-1909', pg. 81-83, Sydney, 2003, 83 (colour illus.).

James Gleeson, Masterpieces of Australian painting, Melbourne, 1969, 66, 67 (colour illus.). plate no. 18

Anne Gray, Australia, 'Art nation: Australian landscape 1880-1920', pg. 146-183, London, 2013, 153, 160 (colour illus.). cat.no. 99

Sasha Grishin., The Canberra times, 'Spirit of brilliance', Ainslie, 22 Jun 2003. Exhibition review.

Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'In search of an Australian identity', pg. 116-127, Carlton, 2013, 125, 126 (colour illus.), 127, 548, 558. plate no. 13.8

Kerry Heckenberg, Queensland Review (vol.15, no.1), 'JJ. Hilder and the Languages of Art', pg. 33-49, Queensland, 2008, 35.

Martin Hopkinson, The British art journal [vol. V, no. 2], 'Charles Conder 1868-1909 by Ann Galbally and Barry Pearce', pg. 98-99, London, 2004, 98. NOTE: Book review.

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg School 1885-96', pg. 53-73, Melbourne, 1970, 12, 70 (illus.), 72. plate no. 23; titled 'The Departure of S.S. Orient'

Victoria Hynes, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Exhibitions', pg. 27, Sydney, 13 Jun 2003, 27 (colour illus.). Exhibition review in Metro Supplement

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 111 (colour illus.). titled 'Departure of the Orient, Circular Quay'

Brian Ladd, The Artist & the City, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, Sydney, 1983, 4. titled 'Departure of S.S. Orient'

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938, (illus.). cat.no. 156; not paginated

Patrick McCaughey, Encounters with Australian modern art, 'Affinity and antinomy in Australian painting 1960-1985', pg. 79-178, South Yarra, 2008, 89.

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Dreams of the bohemian idyll: Charles Conder and his impact’, pg. 90-110, Sydney, 2012, 90-91.

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Section 3, Sydney, 1953, not paginated. cat.no. 43; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient'

Les Moseley, Look, 'From the Society president', pg. 9, Sydney, Aug 2015, 9.

Barry Pearce, Charles Conder 1868-1909, 'Between worlds: Conder in Australia', pg. 12-31, Sydney, 2003, 21, 47, 62, 63 (colour illus., detail), 84, 85 (colour illus.), 181, 192, 198, 199. cat.no. 16; titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Barry Pearce., Australian artist, 'Charles Conder: lost and found voice of the Heidelberg School', Chatswood, Jun 2003, (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, The Weekend Australian, 'Forgotten impressionist', pg. 16-17, Sydney, 07 Jun 2003-08 Jun 2003, 17 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'The enigmatic Charles Conder: spotlight on a lesser known Heidelberg painter', pg. 8-11, Sydney, May 2003, 10 (colour illus.). titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 10-16, Sydney, 2000, 12, 38, 53 (colour illus.), 300. titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 17 (illus.). titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Lynne Seear, American Impressionism & Realism: A landmark exhibition from The Met, 'Continental drift: Stories from Australia about an American exhibition', pg. 51-61, Sydney, 2009, 60 (colour illus.), 92 (colour illus., detail), 93, 96, 97 (colour illus.), 316, 330. cat.no. 2A; Exhibited in the 'Cities Australia' section

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 5. cat.no. 6; titled 'The Departure of S.S. Orient'

Jill Stowell., The Newcastle herald, 'Flamboyant architect out of the shadows: Imbalance redressed on distinguished career', Newcastle, 02 Aug 2003.

Arthur Streeton, Argus, 'Eaglemont in the 'Eighties: beginnings of art in Australia', pg. 49, Melbourne, 16 Oct 1934, 49.

Martin Terry, Art Monthly Australia, 'Moulin Rouge: Charles Conder at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 31-34, Canberra, Nov 2003, 31-32.

Daniel Thomas., Sydney Harbour, ‘Introduction', Sydney, 1963. cat.no. 21; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient, Circular Quay'; not paginated

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 10-15, Sydney, Jan 1960, 14.

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 35. cat.no. 46; titled 'Departure of S.S. Orient'.

Elizabeth Young, Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary, 'Impressionist', pg.11-17, Adelaide, 1962, 16, 39, 55 (colour illus.). cat.no. 33.

Jane Clark and Unknown, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, Melbourne, 1985, 94 (colour illus.). titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Leigh Astbury, Sunlight and shadow: Australian impressionist painters 1880-1900, Rushcutters Bay, 1989, 24 (colour illus., detail), 37 (colour illus.), 223. plate no. 22; titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Bernard William Smith, Place, taste and tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788, 'Impressionism in Australia', pg. 112-145, South Melbourne, 1979, 122 (illus.). plate no. 40; titled 'Departure of S.S. Orient'

Unknown, Girolamo Pieri Nerli (1863-1926), Melbourne, 1976, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 33, (illus.).

William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 46, 47 (colour illus.). plate no. 20; titled 'Departure of the 'Orient' - Circular Quay'

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 80 (colour illus.). titled 'Departure of the s.s. Orient - Circular Quay'

Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder, Melbourne, 1972, 21-24, 100, plate no. 8 (colour illus.). plate no. 8; cat.no. C20; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient, Circular Quay'

Unknown, Bohemians in the bush: the artists' camps of Mosman, Sydney, 1991, 45, 76. cat.no. 13; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient, Circular Quay'

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 94 (colour illus.). cat.no. 49; titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'; NOTE: See also unpublished translation of catalogue for entry.

Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder: 1868-1909, Sydney, 1966. cat.no. 8; titled 'Departure of the steamship Orient'; not paginated; NOTE: in the introduction title is refered to as 'Departure of the S.S. Orient'

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 14 (colour illus.). titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Unknown, John-Peter Russell, un impressionniste australien : dans les collections françaises, autour du dépôt au Musée de Morlaix du legs Jouve, Musée du Louvre - fonds Orsay, Morlaix, 1997, 15.

The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionoist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962, not paginated. cat.no. 38; titled 'Departure of s.s. "Orient"'

Martin Terry, Maritime paintings of early Australia 1788-1900, 'The 1890s', pg. 90-104, Carlton South, 1998, 92 (colour illus., detail), 93 (colour illus.), 96. plate no. 58; titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder - his Australian years, Melbourne, 1960, 7, 12-13, 17-18, 20, 25, 31 (colour illus.). plate no. 6; cat.no. 10; titled 'Departure of the Steamship Orient' on pg. 25; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient' on pg. 31.

Unknown, Masters of the Heidelberg School, 'Charles Conder: the 'emigre' participant', pg. 45-57, Leichhardt, 1998, 48 (illus.), 49. plate no. 45; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient - Circular Quay'

Olympic Civic Committee of Melbourne City Council, The arts festival of the Olympic Games, Melbourne: a guide to the exhibitions with introductory commentaries on the arts in Australia, Melbourne, 1956, 82. cat.no. 16; titled 'Departure of the S.S. "Orient"'

Unknown, Peintres Australiens à Etaples, 'Les Picardistes', pg. 14-26, Etaples-sur-Mer, 2000, 15, 16 (colour illus.).

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 50. cat.no. 127; titled 'Departure of the S.S. Orient'

Ann Galbally, Charles Conder: the last bohemian, 'A child of Empire', pg. 5-28, Melbourne, 2002, xi, 26-28, following 46 (colour illus.), 191. titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'

Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 35. cat.no. 73

Unknown and Unknown, Conder & friends, 'The painting of modern life', Melbourne, 2003, (colour illus.), (colour illus., detail).

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'K' is for Conder: Charles Conder retrospective, Sydney, 2003, (illus.). not paginated

Patricia Macdonald, Exiles and emigrants: epic journies to Australia in the Victorian era, Melbourne, 2005, 99 (colour illus.), 137.

Unknown, Nerli: an Italian painter in the South Pacific, 'Nerli's paintings', pg. 18-54, Auckland, 2005, 25, 26 (illus.), 27. figure no. 12

Unknown, The life and death of Conder, London, 1938, 9, 30, 37, 285. titled 'Departure of S.S. "Orient" from Circular Quay, Sydney'

William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), Sydney, 1934, opposite 91 (illus.).

Unknown, Fifty years of Australian art 1879-1929, New South Wales, 1929, 59 (illus.). titled 'The Departure of Orient Steamer'

Unknown and Campbell Dodgson, Charles Conder: his life and work, London, 1914, 29, 108. titled 'Departure of SS. "Orient"'

The Tatler: art, literature, music and the drama illustrated, Melbourne, 05 Jun 1898, 24.

Grafton Galleries, Exhibition of Australian art in London, London, 1898, 49. cat.no. 311; titled 'Departure of the "Orient"'; lent by the Trustees of Sydney Gallery; NOTE: Artist is 'Chas. Conder'.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 107. cat.no. 370; titled 'Departure of the 'Orient''

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893: Catalogue of the exhibits in the New South Wales Courts, 'Department K - fine arts, painting, sculpture, architecture and decoration', Sydney, 1893, 435. cat.no. 8; titled 'Departure of the Orient'

Unknown (Editor), Table talk, Melbourne, 05 Oct 1888, 4.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The pictures', pg. 5, Sydney, 18 Sep 1888, 5. NOTE: Review of Art Society of New South Wales Ninth Annual Exhibition.

Editor Unknown, Illustrated Sydney news, 'Leading pictures at the Art Society's exhibition', pg. 7, Sydney, 17 Sep 1888, 7 (illus.). Hand-drawn illustration of 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'.

Author Unknown, Art Society of New South Wales Ninth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, Sep 1888, 34. cat.no. 140; titled 'Departure of the Orient - Circular Quay'; priced £21; NOTE: Artist is 'Chas. Conder'.

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, 'Our hill of gold', pg. 419-484, Sydney, 2008, 443, 444 (colour illus.), 576.

Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 58 (colour illus.), 59.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sotheby's Melbourne: Important Australian Art, 25 & 26 August 2008, Australia, 2008, 41. NOTE: Artwork reference in relation to painting "The Fatal Colours" which was for sale.

Christine Bates, Making art connections: Visual arts years 7 & 8, 'Lets make an artwork: Peeking into private worlds', pg. 38-39, North Ryde, 2010, 38 (colour illus.).