Charles Blackman’s schoolgirls stand among his most iconic subjects. Conceived in the early 1950s, this series - of which ‘Fallen Schoolgirl’ derives - charts an entanglement of themes both personal and public. From one perspective, it presents a juxtaposition of innocence and threat – a lingering effect of war and encroaching modernism. From another perspective, these children embody Blackman’s experience of alienation as a young man new to Melbourne.
There is something strange about ‘Fallen Schoolgirl’. Rather than the victim of an actual fall, the subject hovers, spread-eagled above the ground. She is an apparition, superimposed against the pavement. This unnatural cadence speaks to the emotional truth of Blackman’s imagery. He is not interested in likeness, but rather how it feels to submit to an increasingly foreign world.
Blackman’s Schoolgirls gave image to mythologies of adolescence, the desolate suburban sprawl, as well as the unsolved murder of a school friend of Blackman’s first wife. They were also an instrument of catharsis that still now recognise the pain of coming of age.
For serious collectors of Blackman and Modern art, Fallen Schoolgirl is a miracle. It is hand-signed and framed. From a deceased estate and sold out edition run, there is only one impression available – so if this work catches your eye, act now.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Fallen Schoolgirl' ca. 1989
Silkscreen print on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 60 x 80 cm
Dimensions: 90 x 115 x 3 cm
Signed: Signed, titled, and editioned by the artist in pencil in margin below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From ‘Blackman Schoolgirls’, a suite of five 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).
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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