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Title

Nebuchadnezzar on fire falling over a waterfall

(1966-1968)


Artist

Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 - 24 Apr 1999


About

According to the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, was punished by God for his pride and made insane for seven years:

… driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

Reminded of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell to the earth in flames, Arthur Boyd portrays Nebuchadnezzar as a meteor heading towards a waterfall in the Australian bush. Parallels with contemporary events may also be
drawn. As Robert Hughes pointed out in 1994, ‘Nebuchadnezzar on fire falling over a waterfall clearly related to the acts of self-immolation by protestors against the Vietnam war’.


Details


Other Title

Nebuchadnezzar over a waterfall


Date

(1966-1968)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

183.5 x 175.9 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Arthur Boyd". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Ms Catherine Palmer 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

168.1983


Artist information

Arthur Boyd

Works in the collection

400


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 13 publications

Bibliography


T.S.R. Boase, Nebuchadnezzar, 18 drawings and 34 paintings, London, 1972, 20-21 (colour illus.). plate no. 4

Rosemary Clark, Mary Hoban and Lisa Lim, The collection of 1999 Australian stamps, 'Australian legends - Arthur Boyd, AC, OBE', pg. 18-19, Australia, 1999, 18 (colour illus.), 19.

Rosemary Clark, Collection of 1994 Australian Stamps, 1994, 16 (illus.).

Rob Ditessa', Artist's palette, 'Icons on show', pg. 54-59, Sydney, 2000, 54-55 (colour illus.).

Fernanda Eberstadt, When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of Earth, London, 1997, cover.

Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Sidney Nolan', pg. 136-147, Sydney, 2000, 155 (colour illus.).

Roger S Magnusson, Angels of death: exploring the euthanasia underground, Carlton South, 2002, front cover (colour illus., detail), back cover (colour illus.).

Janet McKenzie, Arthur Boyd: Art and life, 'Collaborative projects', pg.130-55, London, 2000, 139-140, 141 (colour illus.), 143.

Sam Neill, Celebrity choice: Sam Neill, Sydney, 1987, front cover (colour illus.). catalogue entry; no catalogue numbers; not paginated

Barry Pearce, Arthur Boyd retrospective, Sydney, 1993, cover (colour illus.), 108 (colour illus.). cat.no. 108

Barry Pearce, Look, 'The legacy in Sydney Arthur Boyd', pg. 18-20, Melbourne, Jul 1999, 19 (colour illus.), 20.

Campbell Reid (Editor), The Weekend Australian, Sydney, 01 May 1999-02 May 1999, 23, 24 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Melbourne: realisms and mythologies', pg. 163-164, Sydney, 2000, 164, 182 (colour illus., detail), 183 (colour illus.), 300.