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Flight

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Flight

Artist: Richard Bosman (American, born 1944)
Date: 1981-1982
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Overall: 72 x 42 in. (182.9 x 106.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with Funds from the Awards in the Visual Arts Program, 1982.7
Accession number: 1982.7
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextFlight is characteristic of Bosman's work in subject matter as well as style. Nearly always his theme is either overt violence, or as in this work, violence is strongly implied. Bosman has stated that many of his images derive from Chinese comic books, but they could just as easily stem from prime time television fare, or even the front page of the newspaper. He is often referred to as a Neo-Expressionist, alluding to the German Expressionist artists who were active in Dresden, Munich and Berlin during the first three decades of the 20th century. Bosman was born in Madras, India in 1944 and received his formal training in London, New York and Skowhegan, Maine. He has taught in New York and in Canada. Source: Bulletin, January-February, 1983.
InscriptionBosman 82 (l/l in black paint on back of canvas)
Exhibition History"From Body to Being: Reflections on the Human Image," Des Moines Art Center, May 4, 1997
Published ReferencesDES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. p.40, b/w ill. pl.20, p.40
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