Charles Blackman 'Drawn in the Presence of John Olsen'

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Charles Blackman’s life drawing of a kneeling nude it is inscribed with “Drawn in the presence of John Olsen”. Can paper bear witness to who watches it? Both an elegant nude and a document of friendship between two artists, this work bears an echo of Olsen’s influence. Blackman’s line is limber, tracing his subject with confidence.

Both Blackman and Olsen are icons of Australian art. They were peers, united by charisma, figuration and friendship. This drawing comes from Blackman’s archives and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from The Charles Blackman Foundation.

For collectors of nudes and modernism, “Drawn in the presence of John Olsen” is a wonderful find.

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Drawn in the Presence of John Olsen' circa. 1967-68
ink on paper
Image Size: 76 x 53 cm
Signed: Signed lower right 'Blackman' and inscribed: drawn in the presence of John Olsen
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Inscribed with Drawn in the presence of John Olsen bottom image.

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.

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