Artmarketspace to sell a significant early Charles Blackman painting that has never been on the market before

by Lee Steer, Jul 24, 2020

Artmarketspace is pleased to announce the  auction-sale of a fine early Charles Blackman oil painting entitled Two Figures  that the current vendors parents bought new from Australian Galleries Melbournein  1966 and where it has remained until it was recently re-discovered by  Artmarketspace in the Estate of this private Melbourne collection. The work was  painted when Charles Blackman had just returned from his first visit in the1960’s to London, when he came back to live in Sydney.

Charles Blackman is perhaps the most popular artist  of his generation. His depictions of schoolgirls and Alice In Wonderland  paintings as well as what can be referred to as normal Australian day-to-day  life from the 1950’s onwards have captured the imagination of Australian  audiences for generations. Blackman was a member of  the famed Australian  artist collective referred to as The Antipodean Group that included John Brack,  John Perceval,  Arthur and David Boyd, Robert Dickerson and Clifton Pugh who were a driving force  behind figurative artists in the post war period. Sadly the artist passed away  recently just a week after his 90th birthday.

The highest price achieved for Charles Blackman at  auction is currently  $1.891 million for his work Mad Hatters Tea Party of1955.

                                                                                            (Image above)                                                                               
                                                                             Charles Blackman (1928-2018) 

                                                                                         Two Figures-1966
                                                                                             oil on canvas
                                                                            signed and dated 1966 lower right
                                                                                    96cm high by 94cm wide

                                                                                          Estimate $20,000-30,000