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Title

(Schoolgirl walking by an iron railing fence)

1952

Artist

Charles Blackman

Australia

12 Aug 1928 - 20 Aug 2018

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  • Details

    Date
    1952
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal on thin cream wove paper
    Dimensions
    52.5 x 60.8 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., pencil "BLACKman 52".

    Credit
    Gift of Gwen Frolich 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    85.2003
    Copyright
    © Charles Blackman. Licensed by Copyright Agency
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    Charles Blackman

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  • 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

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