Charles Blackman’s schoolgirls stand among his most iconic subjects. Conceived in the early 1950s, this series - of which ‘Schoolgirls in Alleyway stems from - charts an entanglement of themes both personal and public. From one perspective, works like this present a juxtaposition of innocence and threat; a lingering effect of war and encroaching modernism. From another perspective, these children are the embodiment of alienation, a feeling that Blackman grappled with as a young man new to Melbourne. They also speak to mythologies of adolescence, the desolate suburban sprawl and the unsolved murder of a school friend of Blackman’s first wife.
Caught haunting back alleys, face down on a deserted field or hidden beneath an enormous hat, Blackman’s schoolgirls prickle with unease. In ‘Schoolgirls in Laneway’, two meet at either ends of a laneway. The furthest figure’s silhouette courts unease. Has our protagonist been caught, found or unclipped from her shadow?
An icon of Australian art, Blackman is represented in all public collections. Strangely surreal, this fine art archival pigment print testifies to what made Blackman so admired. For collectors of the artist and admirers of his legacy, catch ‘School in Laneway’ before it makes an escape.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Schoolgirls in Alleyway'
Archival pigment print on paper
Image Size: 35 x 29 cm
Dimensions: 41 x 34 cm
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Editioned PP (Printers Proof) lower left and embossed with publishers seal lower right
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 2020
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