‘Untitled (Wistful Woman)’ is recognisably Charles Blackman. In minimal strokes, he carves out a woman’s face. Her eyes are wistful and her lips pursed. She may be withdrawn but through the slightest inflections, Blackman hints at a complex inner life. This work testifies to the artist’s sense of the bittersweet, the softness in melancholy.
Dated circa 1953, ‘Untitled (Wistful Woman)’ 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 (Wistful Woman)’ 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 and in particular, the feminina. 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 (Wistful Woman)' c. 1953
monotype on paper
Image Size: 34 x 21 cm
Dimensions: 55 x 40 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed centre bottom: 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: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image as very good, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to the paper. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition. This work is box framed with 100% cotton museum grade matboard.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2020