Collection Online
oil on plywood on composition board
91.7 × 91.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in pencil l.r.:BLACKMAN / 52
inscribed (diagonally) in black fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.l.: 'THE EXCHANGE' / 1952
inscribed in black fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.c.l.: 87 [encased in square]
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Dr Joseph Brown AO, OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 1997
© Charles Blackman/Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 8
Level 2, NGV Australia
Subjects (general)
Cityscapes Human Figures Relationships and Interactions
Subjects (specific)
girls linear forms outlines (linear form) play (recreation) school uniforms schoolyards silhouettes urban landscapes
Physical description
The 'Exchange' shows the sharply delineated forms of two schoolgirls with raised arms. Their brown uniforms, consisting of long socks, pleated tunics, ties and hats, contrast to the predominantly pink and blue background of the schoolyard, where numerous diminutive schoolgirls are engaged in various activities.