Chasing Napoleon

Chasing Napoleon

Forensic Portraits

  1. Tony Scherman
  • ISBN 9780906506158
  • 30.90 x 29.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 132pp
  • 87 Illustrations, 72 in colour
  • First published 2000
  • Distributed on behalf of Cameron Books

Battlefield genius, despotic emperor, megalomaniac conqueror, derided hero … each of these possible incarnations flickers through Tony Scherman’s cycle of monumental, psychologically charged portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte. Central to their extraordinary power is Scherman’s virtuosic use of encaustic (a mixture of wax and pigments) — a technique in which he is peerless.

Alongside the beautifully reproduced full-page colour portraits, an interview with the artist by cultural historian Sanford Kwinter and award-winning graphic designer Bruce Mau illuminates his motivation and practice; novelist Jacques Henric discusses the cultural and historical importance of Scherman’s work; and Hans Belting, Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the Hochschule für Gestaltung at Karlsruhe, and David Moos, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, discuss the execution of the Napoleon series.

Chasing Napoleon reveals Sherman as a highly accomplished, immaculately contemporary exponent of figurative art. Essential reading — and viewing — for anyone interested in contemporary art and the future of painting.