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Running home Theme: Cities & Suburbs

Artist: Charles BLACKMAN
Birth/Death: 1928

Title: Running home

Credit Line: Purchased from the Founding Donor fund 1985 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

This is a disconcerting painting. The corner shop, with its dramatic advertising billboards promoting tobacco products, dominates the composition. However, the girl attracts our attention as she runs t away from some unseen danger. She has a shadow; the shop does not.

This sense of menace is characteristic of Blackman’s painting. Running home was painted in 1954. Earlier in the 1950s Blackman painted a series based on uniformed schoolgirls, where he explored their vulnerability within an alienating urban setting.

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