Charles Blackman 'White Cat's Garden'

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A white cat reappears throughout Charles Blackman’s work — a symbol of innocence, childhood, a familiar and clandestine echo of the artist himself. In ‘White Cat’s Garden’, she sits at the foot of a preternatural garden. Thick verdant foliage bejewelled with flowers beckons at the cat, who looks away, face shrouded in midnight light.

Like Claude Monet, Blackman was interested in capturing the same landscape at different times of day. Unlike Monet however, he was not interested in remaining faithful to these moments. Indeed, there is an intoxicating unreality to Blackman’s garden — a heady magic that recalls the fantastical gardens of Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Narnia. Despite the nocturnal shadows, ‘White Cat’s Garden’ glitters with wakefulness.

Blackman spent much of his childhood in the garden and it has been said, spent his career painting back to it. ‘White Cat’s Garden’ is a site of wonder, forbidden yet intriguing. For collectors of Blackman, escape into another world.

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'White Cat's Garden' 2004
screenprint on paper
Edition of 80
Image Size: 57 x 89 cm
Dimensions: 75 x 105 cm
Signed: Signed, editioned and titled below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance

From Charles Blackman's Gardens, a suite of six silkscreen prints conceived and published by Charles Blackman and Nadine Amadio and published by Michelle Perry at Marnling Press Sydney. Printed on Velin Arches 270 GSM paper

Condition: Excellent
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