For example, the artist painted a portrait in 2001 which is mingling the faces of Eisenhower and Mitterrand. The new hybrid has a conceited attitude and its title, Rumour, contributes to the repellent effect desired by the artist. This oil on canvas 118 x 67 cm was sold for $ 2.7 million including premium by Christie's on May 15, 2013.
Mrs, painted in 1999, is an oil on canvas 217 x 134 cm, a large size unusual in the work of Tuymans. The woman is seen lifesize. Her hair and her handbag freeze her in the 1960s. She could be Jackie Kennedy except that her face is completely empty.
Mrs is the anonymous woman. She follows the fashion of her time like millions of other women. We will never know anything more about her, and there is no need to know. In her ordinary and outdated attitude, she is the opposite of the timeless woman. If she ever had a history, it vanished. Our history of today will follow the same path.
Mrs was sold for $ 1,08M including premium by Christie's on 15 November 2006. It is estimated £ 1.2M for sale by Christie's in London on February 11, lot 19.
SOLD for £ 1.48M including premium