Important Australian + International Fine Art
30 April 2014


(1920 - 1999)

oil and tempera on composition board

83.5 x 119.5 cm

signed lower right: Arthur Boyd

$70,000 - 90,000
Sold for $84,000 (inc. BP) in Auction 35 - 30 April 2014, Melbourne

Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney

Catalogue text

The following excerpts are from Pearce, B., Arthur Boyd: Retrospective, The Beagle Press in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1993:

'Boyd soon felt the urge to go well outside his circumscribed world. In the summer of 1948-49 he accompanied Jack Stephenson, a poet, to Horsham where he painted landscapes near the border of the Wimmera River, and was to return on several painting trips to the far north-west of the state over the next few years. He discovered there the hint of something that had drawn other painters of his generation, a subject tentatively recorded by only a few artist of the nineteenth century, and touched upon be even fewer in the twentieth: the empty space of the great interior.'1

'Of course the Wimmera was wheat country, and not by any means forbidding, nor forsaken. But in dry, hot weather it could have, over sparse, unbroken horizons, a searing expanse of sky that elicited an acute sense of the infinite. Russell Drysdale had already made unforgettable images in this vein through his drought paintings of 1948-49. Boyd's tempera technique invested his paintings of the Wimmera, and of the Grampians at this time, with a luminosity that enhanced his subjects to just the right pitch, and his landscapes between 1949 and 1951 were greeted with acclaim.'2

1. Pearce, op. cit., p. 18
2. ibid., p. 19