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Throughout his career, Arthur Boyd turned recurrently to the subject of lovers. At once abstracted and deeply symbolic, his lovers navigate poetic, fraught realities underwritten by the darker potential of human nature. For Boyd "lovers are victims. They suffer from being unprivate, watched. Love becomes guilt because it is frustrated.”
‘Lovers in a Boat’ is quintessentially Boyd. On rocky seas, he places a boat occupied by two lovers. Distant land swells across the horizon, the sky blushes. This configuration - two lovers lying face to face - repeats throughout his oeuvre. It evokes the intense precarity of love, while connecting to Boyd’s interest in the Australian landscape as a site of socio-historical tension. These lovers are unwitting explorers of a fraught territory.
Boyd is an icon of Australian art. Foremost in Modernism, he is represented in all state collections and has been honoured with numerous exhibitions. For serious collectors of Boyd and Modernism, and the romantic within, set sail with ‘Lovers in a Boat’. Arthur BOYD (1920 - 1999)'Lovers in a Boat' c. 1994oil on boardImage Size: 30 x 38 cm Dimensions: 53 x 60 cm Signed: Signed lower right: Arthur BoydComes with Letter of ProvenanceRelated Works: Lovers in a Boat, 1961, oil and tempera on board, 122 x 152 cm, formerly in the collection of Bryan Robertson, London. Lovers in a Boat, c. 1968, etching on paper, 48 x 61 cm, represented threefold in the collection of National Gallery of Australia, accession numbers: 75.3.348; 75.3.347; 75.3.346. Availability: in stockCondition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.© Arthur Boyd / Copyright Agency 2022
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