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Title

(Schoolgirl and cathedral)

circa 1953


Artist

Charles Blackman

Australia

12 Aug 1928 -


About

Charles Blackman is best known as one of the Antipodean modernist artists to emerge in the post-war years in Melbourne, largely under the patronage of John and Sunday Reed.

Blackman is also arguably one of Australian art’s finest draughtsmen. His schoolgirl drawings were the first consistent series of drawings he made, and were to a large part instrumental in establishing his reputation as a major Australian artist.

The unsolved murder of a school friend of Blackman's first wife Barbara, was the spark for the 'Schoolgirl' series, begun in 1952 and further developed the following year. Figures, including schoolgirls, appear in desolate urban or industrial landscapes. The drawings have an eerie, surreality about them, complete with a sense of impending danger or menace.

Blackman concentrated on making these drawings for a period of about eight months and he described them as '... the first complete works of art I ever did' (Thomas Shapcott, 'The art of Charles Blackman', London: André Deutsch, 1989 p.11). They have come to epitomize the best of his work.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003


Details


Date

circa 1953


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on thin cream wove paper


Dimensions

52.5 x 61.0 cm image; 68.8 x 86.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed in image l.l., blue ball-point pen "Blackman". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Gwen Frolich 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

83.2003


Artist information

Charles Blackman

Works in the collection

49