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Title

(The expulsion)


Artist

Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 - 24 Apr 1999


About

During the early 1940s, Arthur Boyd's art changed from poetic, light-filled landscapes and portraiture to a dark, expressionist vision of violence, evil and despair, reflecting his response to the war years. This in turn led to a series in the late 1940s that took inspiration from the Bible, the first of his works to receive a serious critical response.
This drawing is closely related to a painting, 'The expulsion' 1947-48, in the Gallery's collection. As well depicting the story from Genesis of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, it also features the theme of lovers, to which Boyd returned throughout his career. It reflects also his indebtedness to the western tradition of art, for which the expulsion is a familiar subject.

I see lovers as victims… They suffer from being unprivate, watched. Love becomes guilt because it is frustrated. Pictures with an animal or another human figure watching lovers are intended to give the idea of spying, a disturbance, a breaking into the moment of privacy.

[Arthur Boyd quoted in Grazia Gunn 'Arthur Boyd: Seven persistent images' National Gallery of Australia, 1985 pg. 59-60]


Details


Other Title

Study for 'The Expulsion'


Date

1948


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and black ink on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

38.0 x 56.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

411.1996


Artist information

Arthur Boyd

Works in the collection

399


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


C Christesen (Editor), Meanjin, Melbourne, Winter 1951, 144 (illus.).

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Arthur Boyd Drawings, North Caulfield, 1996, (illus.). cat.no. 21; titled (The Expulsion)