Butterflies possess a dual resonance in Charles Blackman’s work. They are on one hand, symbols of transformation – the exquisite result of a metamorphosis from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly. They also connect to Blackman’s iconic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series.
In ‘Butterfly (Indigo)’, this duality is present. Eyes peer through the creature’s wings, perhaps Alice has been transfigured into an insect? Or maybe the butterfly is part person, a visual metaphor for the changes we all endure. Brilliantly coloured and as always, curious and curiouser, ‘Butterfly (Indigo)’ is a beguiling image.
Blackman stands among Australias most beloved and collectable artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is consistently informed by a sense of childlike wonder. For fans of Blackman and butterflies, let this work flutter into your collection.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Butterfly (Indigo) '
etching on paper
Image Size: 40 x 50 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 64 cm
Signed: Initialled, titled and dated bottom margin: C/P Leaping Cat CB
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art's image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to paper or frame. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the paint surface.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2023