A white cat reappears throughout Charles Blackman’s work — a symbol of innocence, childhood, a familiar and clandestine echo of the artist himself. In ‘Fifty Flowers’ she sits beside a swell of flowers.
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.
Blackman spent much of his childhood in the garden and it has been said, spent his career painting back to it. ‘Fifty Flowers’ is a site of wonder, forbidden yet intriguing. For collectors of Blackman, escape in this glittering realm.
To find out more about this exquisite work, and the story behind Blackman's Garden series, click here.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Fifty Flowers' 2004
Screenprint on paper
Edition of 80
Image Size: 60 x 76 cm
Dimensions: 75 x 105 cm
Signed: Signed, editioned and titled below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From Charles Blackmans 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
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2022