Derek Boshier Naked Cowboy 1980

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Artwork details

Artist
Derek Boshier born 1937
Title
Naked Cowboy
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1549 x 991 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1998
Reference
T07474
Not on display

Technique and condition

The artist selected linen canvas for this version in the Cowboy series. As with the others, the figure is depicted with a thinner paint layer that the background. A wider brush has been used to produce a flatter surface. By contrast, a less wide brush has produced the insistent brush marking in the rest of the painting. The darkest paint is the most thickly applied. Its medium rich and glossy appearance impinge on the back of the canvas where its weight pulls the canvas out of plane. Medium from the slow drying black paint has been absorbed through to the back. A white priming has also been applied to the back of the canvas which excess oil from the dark areas has penetrated through.

Tim Green
December 1998
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