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Joe Bowler - Reclining woman with man in background, ca. 1959  
Joe Bowler
American, b. 1928
Oil on Gesso Panel
24 1/4 × 30 1/4 in
Most likely for a magazine like Redbook or perhaps the Saturday Evening Post interior editorial spread. The empty space to the right was for the art director to surprint type. and acts as a compositional balance to the female figure and the lower torso of the man behind her. The woman with her eyes shut seems to be floating in a dreamy verdant world.
The Gesso Panel is quite heavy and dense and feels more like masonite.
In 1992 Joe Bowler was inducted into the Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Signature: The work is Signed Bowler center right