Charles Blackman 'Tracey (Nude)'

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From 1970 to 1971, Charles Blackman escaped Australia for Paris. He had won the prestigious Cite des Artes scholarship and upon setting down in France, fell in love with the culture, commencing what art historians refer to as his “Golden Era” for drawing. He set out to immerse himself in Parisian culture, to become a “serious” artist by mastering the nude.

‘Tracey (Nude)’ comes from this era. It recalls Kenneth Clark’s famous delineation between naked and nude — the former denoting the unclothed, the latter a loaded concept, aesthetic and convention. The nude, Clark argued, was not a subject in art “but a form” and any good artist must wrangle it to progress.

Sensual, minimal and elegant, ‘Tracey (Nude)’ sees Blackman dance with art history. It is a personal expression of creative sophistication, liberated from the shackles of Australia and social conservatism, while also recalling the complex position nudes hold — at once mythological and intimate, caught between strength and vulnerability. Who is Tracey?

Signed, newly framed and provenanced from the Charles Blackman Foundation, the highly collectable ‘Tracey (Nude)’ pulls the viewer back to the city of love. It will bewitch collectors of Blackman, modern art and nudes. 

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Tracey (Nude)' circa. 1971
Ink on paper
Image Size: 64 x 36 cm
Paper Dimensions: 76 x 53 cm
Signed: Titled lower right 'Tracey'. Signed lower right and top left 'BLACKMAN'.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: Good: Describes the average used work of art, where the image is in good condition. The margin may need to be framed out due to markings, corner wear, dog ear, small tears or if framed, the frame may have minor damage
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