Girl Hiding - Charles Blackman

December 12, 2018

Charles Blackman

Girl Hiding

136.0 × 120.5 cm

Oil on composition board

Signed lower right Blackman. Provenance: Halifax Hayes, New South Wales, a gift from the artist. Thence by descent. Private collection, New South Wales. Other Notes: In 1966, Charles Blackman returned to Australia after five years in London, a period marked by critical acclaim and increasingly popular success. Following short stays in Melbourne and Brisbane, the Blackmans settled in Sydney at Attunga Avenue, a narrow, steeply inclined road that bisects the genteel suburb of Woollahra. Rich with vegetation - and wealth - it is conveniently located close to numerous schools, beaches and the city, with the harbour a short walk away. In short, it was a perfect location for the family to re-establish themselves. Their house (at number 12) is near the crest of the hill with expansive views over the area and Blackman soon set himself the task of building his dream studio. Girl Hiding, c.1967 - 68, is intimately tied to the location, having been gifted to Halifax Hayes, a master builder, stonemason and sculptor who assisted Blackman with the renovations at Attunga Avenue and continued as his collaborator on numerous diverse projects over the next decades. As the artist's wife Barbara noted, 'When we returned to Australia in 1966, Charles was famous.