Charles Blackman 'Schoolgirls in Laneway 1953' - pigment print on paper

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Charles Blackman’s schoolgirls stand among his most iconic subjects. Conceived in the early 1950s, this series - of which ‘Schoolgirls in Alleyway' stems from - charts an entanglement of themes both personal and public. From one perspective, works like this present a juxtaposition of innocence and threat; a lingering effect of war and encroaching modernism. From another perspective, these children are the embodiment of alienation; a feeling Blackman grappled with as a young man new to Melbourne. They also speak to mythologies of adolescence, the desolate suburban sprawl, as well as the unsolved murder of a school friend of Blackman’s first wife. Caught haunting back alleys, face down on a deserted field or hidden beneath an enormous hat, Blackman’s schoolgirls prickle with unease.

In ‘Schoolgirls in Laneway’, two meet at either ends of a laneway. The furthest figure’s silhouette courts unease. Has our protagonist been caught, found or unclipped from her shadow? 

An icon of Australian art, Blackman is represented in all public collections. Strangely surreal, this fine art archival pigment print testifies to what made Blackman so admired. For collectors of the artist and admirers of his legacy, catch ‘School in Laneway’ before it makes an escape. 

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - )
'Schoolgirls in Laneway 1953' 
pigment print on paper 
Edition of 125
Image Size: 66 x 54 cm
Dimensions: 77 x 64 cm
Framed: 97 x 80 x 4 cm
Signed: signed lower right and numbered lower left from the edition of 125 and with the embossed seal of the artist lower left
Comes with Letter of Provenance


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