“A holiday at Mentone” by Charles Conder, depicts a beach in the Melbourne suburb of Mentone on a bright and sunny day. Conder’s depiction of people engaged in seaside activities and the brilliant noonday sunshine mark the painting as distinctively Australian. The painting was first exhibited in 1888, when Conder was aged only 20 .
The work shows evidence of being influenced by Japanese art, while a similar bridge motif was commonly used by the influential American painter James McNeil Whistler. This painting is considered Conder’s best known painting and has been described as a masterpiece of the Australian Impressionist style of painting.
Charles Edward Conder was a painter, lithographer and designer. He emigrated to Australia and was a key figure in the Heidelberg School, a distinctively Australian tradition in Western art.
- Title: A Holiday at Mentone
- Artist: Charles Conder
- Year: 1888
- Medium: oil on cardboard
- Dimensions: 46.2 cm × 60.8 cm (18.2 in × 23.9 in)
- Museum: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Essential Facts about the Artist:
- Artist: Charles Edward Conder
- Born: 1868 – Tottenham, Middlesex
- Died: 1909 (aged 40)
- Nationality: Australian
- Major Paintings:
” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb
Photo Credits: 1) Charles Conder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons