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Charles Blackman’s compelling Schoolgirls series, produced between 1952 and 1955, marked a turning point in the artist’s career, revealing him as a significant painter of modern life in the post-war era. Through his evocative depictions of uniformed schoolgirls in isolated urban settings, Blackman explored the themes of vulnerability, alienation, and innocence under threat. He drew inspiration from a range of sources, from the notorious murder of a young girl in Melbourne to surrealist illustrations by Odilon Redon, the lyrical poetry of John Shaw Neilson, and direct observations of schoolchildren interacting. This landmark exhibition brings together for the first time more than fifty major paintings and includes related works on paper and a fascinating array of archival material.