Man Overboard

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Richard Bosman (American, b. 1944)
Man Overboard, 1981
Color woodcut
block: 23 3/4 × 15 in. (60.33 × 38.1 cm) sheet: 26 5/8 × 16 5/16 in. (67.63 × 41.43 cm)
Gift of Contemporary Art Society with National Endowment for the Arts Matching Funds M1990.7
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
© Richard Bosman
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Comic books, detective stories, and B-movies, as well as personal experiences, were the sources of Richard Bosman's work. One of his most iconic prints, Man Overboard, was inspired by a childhood memory of an incident in which a priest threw himself off a ship during a trip from Australia to Europe. Bosman exploits the expressionistic potential of the woodcut medium, carving a tale of doom with a hint of humor: the barefoot protaganist plummets to the moonlit water in a graceful free-fall that belies his tragic end.

Exhibition History
Figurative Prints: 1980s Rewind, Milwaukee Art Museum, August 6 –November 29, 2009. Recent Acquisitions, Milwaukee Art Museum, June 6 – September 22, 1991.


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