Purchased Macquarie Galleries, c. 1962 Private collection, Sydney, c. 1962 – 2014 Private collection, Melbourne, 2014 – present
In exposing the vastness of the landscape Boyd has managed to capture a beauty in its stillness. This particularly fine representation of the Wimmera displays a soft palette and painterly surface. Its subtle focal points, with darting birds in the foreground and grazing cattle in the middle‐ground, guide the eye into the composition, distilling the essence of place.
Boyd first encountered the Wimmera region in the 1940s and like generations of painters before him, was intrigued by the immensity of its landscape. He was drawn back to this, one of his favourite subjects, throughout the years. It is the works from this earlier period, however, that are among his most accomplished and desirable.