Tony Scherman, ‘Death of Louis XVI Robespierre’, 1996, Phillips

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
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Signature: signed, titled, inscribed and dated "DEATH OF LOUIS XVI ROBESPIERRE about 1787 Scherman 96" on the overlap

Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997

About Tony Scherman

Steeped in art historical precedent, Tony Scherman’s encaustic work simultaneously addresses contemporary visual culture. Scherman uses historical icons for his portrait’s subjects, embellishing figures like Abraham Lincoln with dramatic light and shadow to reveal greater emotion. The artist began working with encaustic to better understand the tradition of still life painting, as the fleshy wax imbues objects with a greater sensuality. In rich, textured layers, Scherman’s portraits explore the volatility of human experience. His “Difficult Women” series portrays feminine icons as both stoic and emotive and includes large-scale renderings of Rosa Parks, Serena Williams, Marilyn Monroe, and Margaret Thatcher.

Canadian, b. 1950, Toronto, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada