Charles Blackman’s ‘Passage’ is a haunting work. Comprising two figures merging it evokes liminality – the spaces between leaving and returning, knowing and not, figuration and abstraction, and youth and adulthood. There is something startlingly intimate to its prose, the nape of a woman’s neck lying prone to our eyes.
It forms part of Blackman’s revered ‘Aspendale Papers’ – a suite of etchings created after the artist returned from five years living in London. Having missed life beside the ocean, the Blackmans holidayed at Georges and Mirka Mora’s house at Aspendale Beach on Port Phillip Bay. It was here that Blackman conceived of the suite, inspired also by Henry James’s novella ‘The Aspern Papers’ which is set beside the Venice canals.
Profoundly evocative, ‘Passage’ presents silhouettes moving through the folds of time. At once otherworldly and nostalgic of a seaside childhood, they recall a moment in time, a feeling. Represented in most public institutions including the British Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria, ‘The Aspendale Papers’ is considered among Blackman’s finest suites.
For admirers of Blackman and collectable prints, escape into ‘Passage’.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Passage' 1966 - 67
Lithograph on paper
Image Size: 79 x 57 cm
Dimensions: 77 x 57 cm
Signed: Signed, titled, editioned and dated in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
An impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Victoria. Accession no.: 1774.1-6-5
Availability: in stock
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2021
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