cowboy on a horse at L; hanged figure with tree at R

That's as fair as I know how to make it, 2003

David Rathman; Publisher: Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis

Etching and aquatint in dark brown ink

Gift of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council 2002.237.3

Not on View

David Rathman found inspiration for his cowboy images by watching old low-budget Westerns, the once ubiquitous fare of Hollywood (and Italian) moviemaking. There's an irony in using these often clichéd melodramas as a source for his subjects, but Rathman finds that their cloying familiarity gives rise to a certain whimsy, even humor, when combined with a pertinent phrase of dialogue inserted into the scene. This despite the rather serious theme: death by murder.

Image: In Copyright. Gift of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council

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