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 the cat is reflective of Blackman’s penchant for solitude, even his loneliness. In ‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ however, the feline finds company.
In it, Mozart is pictured serenading an expansive cat. Merging two of Blackman’s loves - music and cats - this work is made up of loving, generous lines. With thatching fur-like detail, a grand piano and periwinkle blue palette, ‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ is a visual symphony; a hymn for the introverts.
‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ is rare. It was never eventuated into an edition or set to market, making its next custodian very fortuitous. Blackman stands among Australia's 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. For fans of classical music, cats and Blackman, this collector’s treasure deserves your encore.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Mozart Playing to His Cat'
etching on paper
Edition of 5
Image Size: 23 x 30 cm
Dimensions: 67 x 51 cm
Signed: Signed Charles Blackman bottom, editioned and titled.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Incribed with Slate Proof bottom left corner.
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.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2019
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