Lewis Carroll would have recognised a kindred spirit in Charles Blackman. Not only both prone to “wells of fancy”, Carroll and Blackman were unwitting collaborators in envisioning Wonderland – the setting for Carroll’s 1865 novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’. A century later, Blackman reinvigorated this story, creating a series of images that now sit at the heart of Australian art.
Where Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is frothy and light, Blackman’s is distantly melancholic. His Alice appears forlorn, surrounded by warped characters, her eyes ringed purple. She takes after Blackman’s then wife, Barbara Blackman, who was in the midst of going blind. Like Alice’s fall into the disorientating Wonderland, Barbara found herself navigating an increasingly unfamiliar world. At night, Charles and Barbara would take solace in an audiobook of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
In the extremely rare ‘The White Rabbit’ from the Alice suite, Blackman presents an intrepid White Rabbit. If Alice was Barbara, then art historians believe the White Rabbit symbolised Charles, Alice’s nimble guardian. The artist once reflected on his relationship with the character, musing: “The White Rabbit came into the kitchen and helped me cook the dinners… Then I would go home to my loft and paint The Rabbit and Alice”.
For collectors of important Modern art and Blackman, ‘The White Rabbit’ is a miracle. It is hand-signed and framed. From a deceased estate and sold out edition run, there is only one impression available – so if this work catches your eye, act now.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'The White Rabbit' ca. 1989
Silkscreen print on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 68 x 49 cm
Dimensions: 107 x 87 x 2 cm
Signed: Signed, titled, and editioned by the artist in pencil in margin below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From ‘Alice’, a suite of six silkscreen prints, limited to an edition of 75; conceived and published by Nadine Amadio and Charles Blackman; printed by Michelle Perry at Marling Press (Sydney).
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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