Charles Blackman 'Mozart Playing to His Cat'

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Cats wander throughout Charles Blackman’s work: sometimes they are caught in the garden, on a tin roof or silhouetted against the night sky; enigmatic, noble and watchful. Art historians have speculated that the cat is reflective of Blackman’s penchant for solitude, even his loneliness. In ‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ however, the feline finds company.

In it, Mozart is pictured serenading an expansive cat. Merging two of Blackman’s loves - music and cats - this work is made up of loving, generous lines. With thatching fur-like detail, a grand piano and periwinkle blue palette, ‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ is a visual symphony; a hymn for the introverts.

‘Mozart Playing to his Cat’ is rare. It was never eventuated into an edition or set to market, making its next custodian very fortuitous. 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 classical music, cats and Blackman, this collector’s treasure deserves your encore.


Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Mozart Playing to His Cat'
etching on paper
Image Size: 22 x 30 cm
Dimensions: 67 x 51 cm
Signed: Signed Editioned, titled and signed with intials in margin: 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 2022