Joyner Canadian Fine Art Auction

June 03, 2013

LOT 116

Lot 116


Lot 116 Details


oil and encaustic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 2002 on the reverse
32 ins x 36 ins; 80 cms x 90 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $16,520
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Tony Scherman, “Thirteen notes on The Seduction of Oedipus”, artist’s website.


In his notes on “The Seduction of Oedipus”, Scherman writes that “metaphors are always fusions of opposites.” The use of flowers as metaphors for the famously incestuous couple represents the apparent innocence of Oedipus and Jocasta positioned against the darkness which was to be their future. By pairing two flowers in different stages of flowering, Scherman might also be alluding to his uncertainty of Jocasta's ignorance; “From what Jocasta says she might well have known about it all along. In any event ‘I love you, I know what is good for you’ sounds more like a mother’s voice than a lover’s.”


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LOT 116

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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