Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 283
Antony (Tony) Scherman
1950 - Canadian
The Matador's Wife
encaustic on canvas triptych
on verso titled and dated 1990 on the gallery label
40 x 108 3/4 in 101.6 x 276.2cm
Landau Fine Art, Montreal
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver
The majority of Tony Schermanís recent work focuses on historical events (Chasing Napoleon), pop culture (The Junkies) or literary references (The Odyssey), usually created in a definitive series requiring extensive research. The Matador's Wife predates these narrative series, but in many ways relies on the same methods of pictorial display that Scherman is now known for. Each panel depicts a single subject, closely cropped against an indeterminate background. Yet grouped together, the wife, the bull and the roast form their own narrative, one which requires the viewer's interaction and interpretation. As opposed to the sense of finality found in other mediums, the fluid and indeterminate nature of encaustic supports the artist's intention to leave the interpretation of the pictorial representation open. Scherman is a master of his chosen medium, spreading hot wax and pigment on the canvas in layers that create depth, while leaving drips and mark-making as evidence of his process.
Please note: each canvas measures 40 x 36 1/2 inches.
Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD
Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)