Cats and the feminina are focal points of Charles Blackman’s work. They wander throughout his world sometimes caught in the garden, silhouetted against the night sky or a netherrealm - enigmatic, reticent and transfixing. Art historians have speculated that the cat is a metaphor for Blackman’s experience of loneliness, while the feminina reflects his upbringing surrounded by women.
In ‘Spellbound’, Blackman presents a woman falling from her chair. Two cats watch her, either bearing witness to her enchantment or the cause of it. There is a strange bewitchment brewing, reminiscent of Dorothy succumbing to the poppies in Oz or Blackman’s beloved Alice slipping deeper into Wonderland. Will these cats be her compatriots or her undoing?
Blackman stands among Australia's most beloved and collectible artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is consistently informed by a sense of childlike wonder and emotional accuity. With an impression represented at the National Gallery of Australia and from 1977, ‘Spellbound’ will enliven collections of modern art, Blackman and poetic art. Fall under its spell today.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
etching on paper
Image Size: 30 x 29 cm
Dimensions: 47 x 44 cm
Signed: initialed CB in margin and inscribed with edition and title in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
An impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia. Accession no.: NGA 79.894
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 2021
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