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“Dandenongs from Heidelberg” by Charles Conder

Charles Conder - Dandenongs from Heidelberg - Google Art Project

“Dandenongs from Heidelberg” by by Charles Conder depicts the Dandenong Ranges, commonly just the Dandenongs, which are a set of low mountain ranges, east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The ranges consist mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys and gullies covered in Mountain Ash trees and dense ferny undergrowth.

The sketch-like qualities widely associated with Impressionism are evident in this painting. Conder worked en plein air to produce a sketchy matsrpeice, vivid in colour and abstract in design.

Charles Edward  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.


Essential Facts:

  • Title:                Dandenongs from Heidelberg
  • Artist:              Charles Conder
  • Year:                1889
  • Medium:         oil on wood panel
  • Dimensions:   Height: 11.5 mm (0.45 in). Width: 23.5 mm (0.93 in).
  • Museum:         Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Essential Facts about the Artist:


” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb



Photo Credits: 1) Charles Conder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons