Charles Blackman: ‘Schoolgirls’ at Heide
A new exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art reunites Charles Blackman’s renowned work “Schoolgirls” for the first time. Blackman produced the “Schoolgirl” series between 1952 and 1955, sealing his reputation as a significant painter of modern life in the post-war era. Through his evocative depictions of uniformed, often solitary schoolgirls in urban settings pervaded by menacing undertones, Blackman explored the themes of alienation, vulnerability and innocence under threat. As well as reuniting many of the major paintings for the first time, the exhibition also includes key works created alongside the series, displaying them with related drawings, prints, rare three dimensional pieces and original archival material from Heide’s extensive Charles Blackman papers.