Luc Tuymans - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London

  • Exhibited

    London, White Cube, Luc Tuymans: The Rumor, 5 September – 13 October, 2001

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Before I begin painting I'm in an extremely agitated state. During the actual execution I experience enormous pleasure, but before that it's sheer agony. The act of painting really involves a kind of aggression or violence...Tuymans often takes a fragment - in this case the pigeon's eye - as the subject of a painting, at once elevating and dislocating it from the world through enlargement, cropping and editing. Sometimes the object is rendered so abstract it almost disappears and often the harsh corrosive light that pulsates in the paintings obliterates it further. His paintings are characterised by the seductive and sensual brushwork that simultaneously caresses and camouflages the surface. Jan Hoet sees Tuymans' paintings as highly subversive since they formulate a stubborn revolt against academic rules, classical aesthetics and even against his own skill, whilst still exploiting the viewer's perverse voyeuristic pleasure." (Taken from



Oil on canvas in three parts.
Upper left panel: 58.4 x 64.3 cm. (23 x 25 1/4 in). Lower left panel: 68.9 x 75.9 cm. (27 1/8 x 29 7/8 in). Right panel: 64.3 x 70.5. (25 1/4 x 27 3/4 in)
Signed and dated ‘Luc Tuymans 2001' on the reverse of each.

£300,000 - 400,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £361,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm