This rare lithograph comes from the height of Charles Blackman’s international career. It is part of The Aspendale Papers: a series of works created after the Blackman family returned to Australia from living in London for five years. Having missed the Australian seas, they holidayed at George and Mirka Mora’s house at Aspendale Beach on Port Phillip Bay. Thus the series got its name, which also references Henry James’s novella set on the Venice Canals, The Aspern Papers.
Intensely evocative, ‘Sea Air II’ sees two figures superimposed over each other, one a shadowy girl and the other a crouching boy. Like apparitions, they transcend time and place. The Aspendale Papers live the space between returning and leaving; the muted familiarity of rediscovering a place you almost forgot. Beside ‘Sea Air II’, the air is crisp and clean, symbolic of new beginnings, change and an unknown path widening ahead.
The Aspendale Papers are represented in the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria and Heide Museum of Modern Art. ‘Sea Air II’ specifically, is represented at the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria and Albert museum. A rare and museum-quality image from one of Australia’s preeminent artists, ‘Sea Air II’ is the poetry of reaching land after years at sea.
For collectors of prints, Modern art and Blackman, this is a stellar opportunity.
Charles BLACKMAN (1918 - 2018)
'Sea Air II' 1966
lithograph on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 77 x 55 cm
Dimensions: 77 x 55 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and edition in bottom margin.
An impression of this edition is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: unknown.An impression of this edition is represented at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Accession no.: 1774.1-5An impression of this edition is represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Accession no.: E.410-1967
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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