Charles Blackman, in a way particular to him, merges worlds. While he frequently takes from the historical, emotional and personal, he also takes from the literary. He is interested in storytelling – its ability to understand nuance, inspire and give shape to the events that plot our lives.
‘Orpheus - Phoenix’ is an ode to epic storytelling. It features the Greek hero, poet and prophet Orpheus. There is a quality to his myth, his attempt to retrieve his wife Eurydice from the underworld, that resonates across cultures and time periods.
Drawing on the myth of the phoenix, how it rises from the ashes, ‘Orpheus - Phoenix’ is about transcendence through beauty. From a blackened backdrop emerges Orpheus and his ill-fated lover. They live on through works like this.
For collectors of Blackman and classical art, behold this poignant tale.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Orpheus - Phoenix '
etching on paper
Image Size: 33 x 26 cm
Dimensions: 57 x 38 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and editioned below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From the Orpheus Suite
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 2022
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