Derek Boshier

Naked Cowboy

1980

Artist
Derek Boshier born 1937
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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