Derek Boshier Frightened Cowboy 1980

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Artwork details

Artist
Derek Boshier born 1937
Title
Frightened Cowboy
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1549 x 991 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1998
Reference
T07473
Not on display

Technique and condition

The artist selected cotton canvas to paint this version of the Cowboy series. A white priming covers the front and to some extent the back. Thinned oil paint is visible at the edge of the figure and around the figures indicating that the figure was drawn before being blocked in with one flesh colour. Some darker and lighter cream coloured paint was then added to create a little form. Thick paint has then been applied around the figure. The sky area has been smothered in brush textured paint, horizontally brushmarked with decisive strokes forming ridges of impasto. Some of this paint is clearly applied wet in wet.

Tim Green
December 1998
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