Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia 1920 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1999
Broken Falls, The Grampians
Open Country, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil and tempera on composition board
Born into a famous Australian family of writers and artists, Arthur Boyd is one of the great Australian painters of the 20th century.
In the summer of 1948-49, Boyd made his first visit to the flat expanses of the Wimmera district of North West Victoria. Lured by the vast empty landscape of inland Australia, Boyd returned on several occasions over the next few years, also visiting the Grampians, bordering the Wimmera to the west.
Boyd was just thirty when he painted Broken Falls, the Grampians – a work that beautifully captures the textural qualities of bush, water and rock. Skeletal remains of dead trees scatter across the sparsely vegetated plains and lean into and through the waterfalls. Water cascades in a white rush over enormous boulders. Large blue skies disappear into the distance. This painting and others in the Wimmera and Grampians series captured the essence of the Australian interior and brought great acclaim to the young artist.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra