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“Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte” by Penleigh Boyd

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“Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte” by Penleigh Boyd

“Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte” by Penleigh Boyd depicts bushland outside Melbourne, known for its wattle groves and it is a quintessential Australian painting in landscape and palette. Wattle became a national floral symbol when it became part of Australia’s coat of arms in 1912.

Penleigh Boyd is a landscape artist with expert handling of evanescent effects of light. He was influenced by E. Phillips Fox, who introduced him to plein air techniques when they were neighbours in Paris in 1912–3. His obituary at age 33 compared him to Arthur Streeton and praised him as one of the most promising painters of his generation.

Among the many masterpieces in the National Gallery of Australia, the following are highlights:

Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte

  • Title:             Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte
  • Artist:           Penleigh Boyd
  • Year:             1914
  • Location:      Warrandyte, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Medium:      Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 91.5 h x 137.0 w cm
  • Museum:      National Gallery of Australia

Penleigh Boyd

  • Name:         Theodore Penleigh Boyd
  • Born:           1890 – Westbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died:           1923 (aged 33) – Warragul, Victoria, Australia
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Major Paintings:
    • Ghost Gums at Kangaroo Flat, 1921.
    • Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte

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    Photo Credits: 1) GM