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CHARLES BLACKMAN    Australia    1926 -   Schoolgirls

Schoolgirls was Charles Blackman’s most iconic series of paintings. Created early in his painting life (1953/54) it was to become his first haunting series that forever marked the birth of his true genius, the first paintings in Australia to brilliantly give form to what is essentially an invisible emotion. Uniformed schoolgirls, ordered and regimented, placed in urban settings with menacing overtones were the vehicles through which Blackman explored the themes of vulnerability and emotion, combined with the wonderment and fantasy of Childhood. For him they were obsessive images with a certain ambiguity. The emphasis was psychological with an inner, emotive strength. The contrast of line and shadow, innocence, playfulness and menace were all portrayed with an acute graphic quality that is synonymous with the greatness of Charles Blackman. BLACKMAN SCHOOLGIRLS is a suite of five silkscreen prints limited to an edition of 75 plus artist proof. The suite was conceived and published by Nadine Amadio & Charles Blackman & was printed by Michelle Perry at Marnling Press, Sydney, & bound in solander boxes handmade by Wayne Stock. The paper used throughout is Velin Arches, 270 gsm


acknowledgement Moore, F Schoolgirls and Angels, National Gallery of Victoria, 1993

Charles BLACKMAN Australia

Schoolgirls – leather slip case AP

dimensions 1100 x 775