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LOT 071

Antony (Tony) Scherman
1950 -

Peter Muller in Ungaro
encaustic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1985
72 x 60 in 182.9 x 152.4 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Private Collection, Montreal

Tony Scherman’s portraits contain historically important figures or figures that are psychologically tied to his life. While he is skillful at conveying their representational likeness, Scherman’s portraits are uniquely dynamic and haunting in their beauty.
In this work, we are met with a frontal perspective of Peter Muller in clothing by the designer Ungaro. This is a perspective that is atypical for Scherman, as we are used to the tightly cropped and magnified faces of the Napoleon and Blue Highway series. However, this figure is set against Scherman’s characteristic dark and anonymous background, which allows the narrative of the portrait to be unwritten and mysterious. The engaging medium of encaustic creates a tactile and physical terrain, further displacing this work from a traditional and academic portrait. The medium allows the pictorial representation to be interpreted without definitive closure, as opposed to the sense of finality that can be perceived in other mediums. Therefore, the dramatic subject in this portrait is a figure that can alter over the passage of time, making this work more challenging and engaging.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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