Joyner Canadian Fine Art Auction

June 03, 2013

LOT 117

Lot 117


Lot 117 Details


oil and encaustic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 98/9 on the reverse
40 ins x 40 ins; 100 cms x 100 cms

Estimate $14,000-$18,000

Realised: $18,880
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


“Tony Scherman in conversation with Sanford Kwinter and Bruce Mau”, “Tony Scherman, Chasing Napoleon: Forensic Portraits”, Toronto, 2000.

Jacques Henric, “The Darkest Shadow, The Brightest Light”, “About 1789”, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, 1997.


Scherman, who spent a period of his childhood in Paris, was exposed to the tales of the French Revolution early on; an interest which would resonate with him for decades. When asked in an interview when he started thinking about Napoleon, Scherman responded: “I remember going to Les Invalides to see Napoleon's tomb, and seeing this big, brown, incomprehensible thing, the spookiest shape, clearly Napoleonic, Empire-style but at the same time not.” The series expresses various events of the Revolution: “'s all there, the best and the worst: the combat for liberty, incredible devotion, but also factional infighting, the Terror, totalitarian deviations, fanaticism, the beginnings of genocide.” King Louis XVI's sense of fear, panic, and anticipation of the crumbling monarchy, is beautifully portrayed with the contrasting and violent thick strokes of light and dark encaustic.


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LOT 117

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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