Sleeping

Charles Blackman

Sleeping by Charles Blackman

Details

Artist
Charles Blackman
Title
Sleeping
Year
1957
Medium
oil and enamel on pulpboard
Size
63.5 x 77cm
Details

signed lower right: BLACKMAN 57

Stock Number
220386

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Acquired by Private Collection, USA.

Provenance

private collection, Melbourne
Fine Australian and European Paintings, Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne, 25 August, 1997, lot 227
private collection, Sydney
private collection, Melbourne

Further Information

Charles Blackman's paintings of 1956 -57 are considered some of the most important of his career. The golden haired girl in Sleeping closely parallels the iconic femal eimage in Blackman's famous Alice in Wonderland series. painted at the time his wife Barbara was expecting their first child, Auguste, this is an intimate moment in the artist's life. Blackman evokes an almost surreal dream world. In Sleeping the closed eyelid, a shutter into another realm, acts as a point of departure between day and night. It refers, as well, to Blackman's experience of his wife's blindness. (Sotheby's, Melbourne, 25 August 1997, lot 227)