ARTHUR BOYD WAS a born painter. He arrived in the world (in 1920) as part of a great Australian artistic dynasty – one that seemed to gain strength with each generation. His father, Merric Boyd, was a potter; his mother Doris, a painter. His paternal grandparents, A. M. Boyd and Emma à Beckett, were both artists. One uncle – Penleigh Boyd – was a painter; another – Martin – was a novelist; a cousin, Robin, became a leading architect. All of his four siblings not only made art themselves, but also married artists. There was money in the background, but Boyd’s childhood in the semi-rural Melbourne ...


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