There is a dreamlike quality to ‘Sunflowers at Montefoscoli’. The composition is set in three receding sections: in the distance, buildings rear over the horizon; in the mid-ground trees pepper an open field; and in the foreground sits a woman, sunflowers curled around her like baby hairs. Despite being cast in pencil, one can still feel the golden sun hum overhead.
The figure is believed to be Yvonne Boyd, an artist in her own right and Arthur’s wife. It is a study for an eponymous etching, created on a sojourn to Italy. There is thus a romance here - Boyd embodies the myth of the European artist, capturing his lover en plein air, a long afternoon uncoiling before them.
This work comes from the estate of Pitt Street lawyer John Fowler, an avid collector of the Boyd family. When his estate went to auction in 2017, it was the largest ever collection of works created by the Boyds. Fowler’s son likened his father’s passion to an obsessive-compulsive disorder – “once we get interested in things we don’t let go”, a sentiment many collectors can relate to.
Further adding to the European ambiance of 'Sunflowers at Montefoscoli' is the Art Conservation Framers sticker on its verso, which reads: "This is a Lombardy Poplar Frame. Hand finished in Italy from timber which has been recycled from buildings up to 250 years old." To own this work is to take home a piece of Italy both in spirit and literally.
For collectors of Boyd, works on paper and Modern art, secure before another impassioned art lover does.
Arthur BOYD (1920 - 1999)
'Sunflowers at Montefoscoli'
pencil on paper
Image Size: 22 x 30 cm
Framed Dimensions: 50 x 56 cm
Signed: Signed lower right: Arthur Boyd
Comes with Letter of Provenance
This work is the study for the etching Sunflowers at Montefoscoli
Art Conservation Framers sticker on verso: "This is a Lombardy Poplar Frame. Hand finished in Italy from timber which has been recycled from buildings up to 250 years old."
Condition is very good
© Arthur Boyd / Copyright Agency 2021