‘Untitled (Lost in Thought)’ is recognisably Charles Blackman. In deep reds and orange, he carves out a face. There is an intensity about this portrait that penetrates the viewer. As always, in the slightest inflections, Blackman draws out his subject’s inner life. It is as though he has spent months with this face, paying close attention to the moments when no-one else is looking.
Dated circa 1953, ‘Untitled (Lost in Thought)’ stems from a significant period in Blackman’s career. Despite being only in his mid-twenties, he was already gaining traction for his now iconic Schoolgirl series. Critics were struck by the works’s undercurrent of unease. This was an artist who understood acutely the precarity of youth, urbanisation and loneliness.
‘Untitled (Lost in Thought)’ is a monotype, meaning that although it was created using printmaking techniques, it remained a single image. Blackman adored printmaking for its collaborativeness and fidelity to process. This work thus, embodies one of his favourite mediums while remaining as unique as a painting.
Blackman stands among Australia’s most beloved and collectable artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is acclaimed for its deep understanding of the human condition. This work is box framed with museum board. For collectors of Blackman and modern art, this early monotype is a thrilling find.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Untitled (Contemplation)' c. 1953
monotype on paper
Image Size: 34 x 21 cm
Dimensions: 55 x 40 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed lower left corner: Blackman
Comes with Letter of Provenance
This work is a monotype. A similar monotype titled Head of a Woman created the same year is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: 77.315A similar monotype titled Head created in 1961 is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: 2002.287
Condition: Excellent This work is box framed with 100% cotton museum grade matboard.
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