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Title

St Francis and Rufino naked in Assisi

(1964-1965)

Artist

Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 – 24 Apr 1999

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    St. Francis and Fufino Preaching Naked in Assisi
    St. Francis with a Brother Preaching Naked in Assisi
    Date
    (1964-1965)
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph, printed in black ink on paper
    Edition
    23/25
    Dimensions
    50.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 56.9 x 79.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Arthur Boyd". Not dated.

    Credit
    Anonymous gift 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    374.1993.5
    Copyright
    © Reproduced with permission of Bundanon Trust

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    Arthur Boyd

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    Works in the collection

    402

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  • About

    Boyd's initial lessons in etching were with celebrated printmaker Jessie Trail at her Melbourne studio in the 1930s. However, it was not until his move to London in 1959 that he became absorbed with the expressive possibilities of printmaking, recognising this medium as indivisible from his work as a whole:
    "I think it's a very good idea to be able to turn to a number of different techniques ... A new medium offers the artist a variety of keys; it allows him to re-state and sum-up without repeating himself."
    - Arthur Boyd 1972

    His first dry-point prints, including 'The birth of the Southern Cross' 1962-63, were made using a Stanley knife, scoring soft copper plates to create deep, richly-textured, etched lines, often overlaid with subtle areas of aquatint. Themes and images which were the mainstream of his paintings between 1941 and 1944 are reworked in etchings and lithographs made during 1962-63 and 1968-69.

    These led to the publication of print sets where Boyd collaborated with historian T.S.R. Boase and poet Peter Porter over the ensuing two decades, exploring subjects which included 'St Francis of Assisi' 1964-65, 'Lysistrata' 1970, and 'Jonah' 1972-73, confirming his continuing passion for the ideas and literature of Europe.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

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