Cats wander throughout Charles Blackman’s work. Sometimes they are caught in the garden, on a tin roof or silhouetted against the night sky – enigmatic, noble and watchful. Art historians have speculated that this cat is reflective of Blackman’s penchant for solitude and his experience of loneliness.
In the rare and whimsical ‘Alice’s Cat’, two of Blackman’s most beloved motifs unite: Alice in Wonderland and cats. In it, a surreally small cat curls up on a chair that watches over her. A giant Alice occupies the background, her hands large enough to scoop up the cat and put her in her top pocket. Feet peek from beneath a chest of draws. All around strangeness brews, with Alice’s cat calm at its centre: the eye of the Wonderland tornado.
Blackman stands among Australias most beloved and collectable artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is consistently informed by a sense of childlike wonder. This work is rare and was never edition into an edition. For fans of Blackman, cats and Alice in Wonderland, let ‘Alice’s Cat’ bound into your collection.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
Etching on paper
Image Size: 14 x 14 cm
Dimensions: 37 x 27 cm
Signed: Signed Charles B, editioned and titled in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2020
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