‘Fleeing Schoolgirl’ was created in 1953 when Charles Blackman was in the midst of his ‘Schoolgirls’ series. These works, which captured the Melbourne zeitgeist, would announce his arrival onto the Australian art scene.
Like the ‘Schoolgirl’ series at large, ‘Fleeing Schoolgirl’ prickles with unease. It sees a child, dressed in white, screaming with her hands aloft. In the background, a silhouette wearing Blackman’s iconic wide brim hat watches. Is this a children’s game of boo or something more sinister? In the witching hour, black stripes could be a picket fence or jail bars; a child’s frailty could be innocent or ghostly.
The disquiet underlying Blackman’s ‘Schoolgirls’ spoke to post-war Melbourne. It captured a sense of cultural anxiety, exacerbated by Modernism and the war’s assault against national innocence. These schoolgirls are spectres of purity, left haunting an increasingly desolate, disjointed suburban sprawl. They are trapped in a changing world.
‘Fleeing Schoolgirl’ is an extremely rare, museum-quality work. The National Gallery of Australia purchased two of its impressions, noting its alternative title of ‘Incarceration’. For serious collectors of prints, iconic Modern art and Blackman, catch this ‘Fleeing Schoolgirl’ before she disappears.
Charles BLACKMAN (1918 - 2018)
'Fleeing Schoolgirl' 1953
lithograph on paper
Image Size: 26 x 20 cm
Paper Dimensions: 38 x 25 cm
Framed size: 68 x 55 x 4 cm - please request an image
Signed: in margin Blackman
Comes with Letter of Provenance
An impression of this edition is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: 77.302An impression of this edition is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: 86.126
Condition: Fair: While this work is in good overall condition there is a faint crease through the image. Superbly framed and ready to hang
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2020