Gerald G. Boyce Signed 1995 “They Make a Desolation and Call It Peace” Mixed Media Drawing


A 1995 mixed media drawing titled They Make a Desolation and Call It Peace by the American artist Gerald G. Boyce (1925-1999). This highly detailed silverpoint drawing with casein depicts a towering arch with the inscription "Ubi Solitudinem Faciunt Pacem Appellant," the title of the work in Latin. In the drawing, figures stand under the arch, raising American flags into the air with some of the figures appearing to be wearing military garb. The work is signed and dated on the right side of the arch and displayed behind a white and gray double mat in a silver-tone metal frame. 

Born in Embarrass, Wisconsin, Boyce graduated with an undergraduate Science degree from Wisconsin State University in 1949 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. He later completed postgraduate degrees from Indiana University, the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and the Americano Guatemalteco Instituto in Guatemala. Boyce had an extensive teaching career, mostly as the chair of the Art Department, as well as an art history professor, at the University of Indianapolis. He also taught at Fresno State College, St. John's University, Indiana University, and Wabash College. He exhibited his own art extensively and his works have been included at exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Chicago Art Institute, the Los Angeles Art Museum, as well as many other museums, galleries, and universities. 



23.25” x 27.25” x 1” (frame); 13.75” x 17.75” (image).

Condition notes:

Scratches and scuffs to the frame and to the glass.

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