The prodigal son
The prodigal son

Arthur Boyd

1920 - 1999 The prodigal son 1946
  • oil on canvas
79 cm x 88 cm


1920 - 1999

lived and worked in Melbourne

The prodigal son 1946

oil on canvas

106cm x 96cm

Acquired in 1986

Arthur Boyd was a painter, potter and printmaker from a family of artists. Boyd aimed to convey an inner emotional vision through his work, rather than describing the external world. He painted lyrical and emotive allegories on universal themes of love, loss and shame, often located in the Australian bush. These artworks draw on a wealth of literary and mythological sources as well as intensely personal and often ambiguous symbolism. Boyd had a strong social conscience and his paintings engage deeply with humanitarian issues.

Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales

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