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Tile from 'The Temptation of St Anthony': C.4-2021

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Tile from 'The Temptation of St Anthony'

Maker(s)

Artist: Boyd, Arthur Merric Bloomfield

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Description

Large ceramic tile/panel, painted, depicting a naked woman with blonde hair swinging from a branch, in front of a naked man, a male water nymph, both arms raised, from whose navel water spurts into a pool below. Tile/panel edged with metal (lead?)

Large ceramic tile/panel, painted, depicting a naked woman with blonde hair swinging from a branch, in front of a naked man, a male water nymph, both arms raised, from whose navel water spurts into a pool below. Tile/panel edged with metal (lead?)

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Tom Rosenthal

Measurements and weight

Length: 55 cm
Width: 53 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2021-09-27) by Rosenthal, Tom

Dating

20th Century, Mid
1950 - 1951

Note

Arthur Boyd (1920–99) was one of Australia’s leading twentieth-century artists. Best-known for his paintings and drawings, he also made ceramic (tile) paintings from 1949 onwards. Working in both Impressionist and Expressionist styles, much of Boyd’s work was set in the Australian landscape and often had a strong social conscience or took Biblical stories as its starting point. Boyd began making tile (ceramic) paintings in 1949. He lived in England between 1959 and 1968, showing his ceramics paintings at the Zwemmer Gallery in 1960 and recent work at the Whitechapel Gallery, in 1962. Tom Rosenthal, critic and publisher, who bequeathed this tile, described the ‘passionate and obsessive humanism of Arthur Boyd’ and was a great supporter of his work.

This is one of 9 tiles that comprised 'The Temptation of St Anthony' (1950–51), one of Boyd’s largest ceramic ‘pictures’. It is described by Franz Philipp in his 1967 study of Boyd as follows: ‘The main female temptress is suspended from a bare branch in a swing of full exposure, her background companion, a very literal fountain nymph, spews the waterjet into the pool.’ This subject was favoured by Bosch and by the sixteenth-century Mannerists and was usually given a strongly erotic flavour, echoed here by Boyd.

Materials used in production

Ceramic

Techniques used in production

Painted

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-2021
Primary reference Number: 306966
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 7 October 2021 Updated: Monday 7 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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