In this classic Charles Blackman image, innocence and alienation uneasily converge. Despite its jovial subject (children playing), Schoolgirls Skipping haunts the viewer - conjuring a sense of confinement in the dead of suburbia.
A fruit of his iconic Schoolgirls series (1952 - 1953), this work was born from Blackman’s keen observations living in postwar Melbourne. Remarkable in their originality, works like this announced Blackman as a significant artist. Since then, his reputation has only bloomed, as Blackman and his melancholic Schoolgirls are now icons of Australian art.
'Children Skipping' was printed at RMIT in Melbourne and an edition of it is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. It is a crayon-lithograph forged in black ink, from one plate. While its edition is unknown, this poignant work is extremely rare to market.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Children Skipping' 1953
lithograph on paper
Image Size: 24 x 37 cm
Dimensions: 50 x 81 x 4 cm framed (please ask us to send you a photograph of this framed)
Signed: Signed lower right 'Blackman'
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Printed at RMIT, Melbourne. An impression of this edition is in the collection of the National Gallery, Canberra. Accession no.: NGA 77.313
Availability: in stock
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2020
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