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Charles Blackman

Part of Avonsleigh (Moonlight, Avonsleigh), 1955


Catalogue number: 21

oil on paper on board

97.00 x 130.00

inscribed on label verso 'Moonlight Eversleigh (sic) / Blackman


Joseph Brown Gallery, 1974;
Private Collection, Melbourne, since then


Gallery of Contemporary Art of Australia, Annual Exhibition, May 1955, where Blackman exhibited 6 Avonsleigh paintings;
Joseph Brown Gallery, Autumn Exhibition 1974, cat no. 47;
Earth, Sea and Sky, Charles Nodrum Gallery, 26 March - 9 April, 2009, no. 2;
Aspects of Surrealism, Charles Nodrum Gallery, July 2009, no. 3

Literature & references:

Literature: Ray Mathew, Charles Blackman, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1965; pl. no. 13 Reference: Thomas Shapcott, The Art of Charles Blackman, Deutsch, London, 1989, p. 18:
"Paper was portable and it gave me a direct result - a lot of freedom. They are the moonlit scenes... this was the first time ever in my life I actually lived in the country... I painted all day and the only time I went for a walk it was night. The landscape in moonlight is the subject. We always chose to go to the city at night... You would walk home in that moonlight; no one had a torch. I was very haunted by it".
Shapcott, op. cit., p. 18.;

Felicity St John Moore, Schoolgirls and Angels, retrospective exhibition catalogue, NGV, Melbourne, 1993, p 18:
‘In December [1954, Blackman] with Barbara vists Joy Hester and Gray Smith at Avonsleigh and stays for six months… Using the bedroom as a studio [he] paints on large sheets of litho paper on the 38” x 54” tabletop… … [Blackman] frames six Avonsleigh landscapes under glass for CAS exhibition; sells Haystacks in moonlight for forty-five pounds, also Mrs Hope picking flowers, unframed'.
Felicity St John Moore, op. cit. p 18


Australia has warmed by 1oC since official records began in 1910. Maximum temperatures have increased as well as night time minimum temperatures. Around the world it has been observed that night time temperatures are increasing at a faster rate than day time temperatures. In January 2019, New South Wales overnight temperatures were 5.6oC above average. Australians are no strangers to hot summer nights, but the number of warm nights has increased over the last 50 years, and this trend is expected to increase into the future.
Dr Joelle Gergis, April 2019

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