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‘He painted our dreams’: Australian artist Charles Blackman’s life in pictures

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Charles Blackman poses next to his work in Sydney in 2013. Photo: AAP
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Auguste Blackman spoke for generations of art lovers when he described his father, Charles Blackman’s inspirational body of work.

“He painted our dreams. He painted the dreams of everyone,” he said in tribute to the artist’s legacy on Monday as the world learned of his death.

Regarded as one of Australia’s greatest painters of the human condition, Charles Blackman, died in Sydney surrounded by family and friends a week after celebrating his 90th birthday.

Blackman was one of the last of his generation, best known for his paintings that riffed on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

“I’ve never met such a man who could channel emotion the way Charles did in the paint,” Auguste Blackman said.

“We have this wonderful legacy. It belongs to everyone. It’s an incredible thing for one man to have achieved, that level of communication.”

Below are some of Blackman’s most famous oil paintings, including one from his schoolgirl series – which were inspired by the 1921 murder of 12-year-old Melbourne girl Alma Tirtschke.

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Blackman’s 1956 painting Feet Beneath the Table. Photo: National Gallery of Victoria
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The artist’s 1980 piece titled Women Lovers. Photo: AAP
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Dreaming Alice (1956) from Charles Blackman’s best-known Alice in Wonderland series. Photo: Etching House
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The Meeting (1961). Photo: Etching House
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Prone Schoolgirl (1958). Photo: Heide Museum of Modern Art
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One of Blackman’s earliest paintings of Luna Park (1953) in Melbourne. Photo: Art Gallery NSW

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