The Romantic Excursion


Charles Edward Conder ( British, 1868 - 1909 )

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Polite butterfly wings frame this striking landscape, enlivened by a spectrum of warm and cool hues. A majestic couple and servant stand beside classical architecture. In a lush garden, a mysterious woman in purple sits by a golden Roman statue. A flowing watercolor on silk, this fan reveals Charles Conder's interest in Japanese and Chinese scrolls. A born traveler, he inhabited exotic places like India and Australia before settling to work in Europe. Conder was a bohemian and romantic who prized beauty above all else. The rich lyricism of his design is a cornerstone of the Symbolist movement.

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Brittany Luberda, DMA label copy, 2010.

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