Dreams of Louis XVI by Tony Scherman

36 × 36 inches
91.4 × 91.4 cm
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Cut fruit and grapes on a plate are depicted in thick and dripping layers of light brown, yellow and green encaustic in this three foot square canvas. Memento mori meets Francis Bacon in an emotive still life that hints at the demise of Louis XVI as dreamed by Napoleon. This painting is from Scherman's Napoleon series that narrates events following the execution of the French king. Encaustic is a waxed based medium employed by the Greeks and Romans in the first centuries AD in painting portraits and decorative panels. In merging this ancient medium with traditional subject matter and haunting historical allusions, the artist ties together multiple threads of meaning in a single intense image. Tony Scherman received an MA from London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1974. He has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Scherman's work is represented in many private and public collections, among them the Los Angeles County Museum, Denver Museum of Art, San Diego Museum, the Library of Congress, the Arts Council of Great Britain, Schlossmuseum Murnau, Germany, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.

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