Lewis Carroll would have recognised a kindred spirit in Charles Blackman. Not only both prone to “wells of fancy”, Carroll and Blackman were unwitting collaborators in envisioning Wonderland – the setting for Carroll’s 1865 novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’. A century later, Blackman reinvigorated this story, creating a series of images that now sit at the heart of Australian art.
Where Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is frothy and light, Blackman’s is distantly melancholic. His Alice appears forlorn, surrounded by warped characters, her eyes ringed purple. She takes after Blackman’s then wife, Barbara Blackman, who was in the midst of going blind. Like Alice’s fall into the disorientating Wonderland, Barbara found herself navigating an increasingly unfamiliar world. At night, Charles and Barbara would take solace in an audiobook of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
In the extremely rare ‘Alice Jug’ from the Alice suite, Blackman presents a resolute jug. Despite its ridiculous edge, the work is moving. It recalls the still life genre, where objects like flowers take on metaphysical resonance. Beautiful as they may be, they carry the implicit truth that all forms of life must one day die. For now however, Blackman’s blooms feel eternal, personified miracles to puncture the minutiae.
For collectors of important Modern art and Blackman, ‘Alice Jug’ is a treasure. It is signed and presented with title and introduction pages in solander boxes hand-made by Wayne Stock. From a deceased estate and a sold out edition run, there is only one impression available – so if it catches your eye, act now.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Alice Jug' ca. 1989
Silkscreen print on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 63 x 50 cm
Dimensions: 110 x 90 x 2 cm
Signed: Signed, titled, and editioned by the artist in pencil in margin below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From ‘Alice’, a suite of six silkscreen prints, limited to an edition of 75; conceived and published by Nadine Amadio and Charles Blackman; printed by Michelle Perry at Marling Press (Sydney); a presented originally with a title and introduction pages in solander boxes hand-made by Wayne Stock.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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