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“Dandenongs from Heidelberg” by Charles Conder

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“Dandenongs from Heidelberg” by Charles Conder

“Dandenongs from Heidelberg” 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 clear in this painting. Conder worked en plein air to produce a sketchy masterpiece, 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.

Heidelberg School

The Heidelberg School was an Australian art movement of the late 19th century. The movement has latterly been described as Australian Impressionism. Key figures of the movement include Arthur Streeton, Walter Withers, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Frederick McCubbin.

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Dandenongs from Heidelberg

  • 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

Charles Edward Conder


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