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Arthur BOYD

Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia 1920 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1999

  • England, Australia, Italy from 1959

Broken Falls, The Grampians 1950 Place made: Open Country, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil and tempera on composition board

Primary Insc: signed l.r., oil "Arthur Boyd", not dated
Tertiary Insc: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Arthur Boyd Retrospective 1993-94, exhibition label verso
Dimensions: sight 106.0 h x 122.5 w cm framed (overall) 121.7 h x 138.2 w x 6.2 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1966
Accession No: NGA 66.113
Image rights: Reproduced with the permission of Bundanon Trust

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