KENT MONKMAN "MONTCALM'S HAIRCUT" ETCHING, 2011
Over the last 15 years, Monkman has developed a distinct visual language that hijacks traditional landscapes and pictorial scenes, adding homoerotic revisionist anarchy to Canadian colonial images.
In this artwork Monkman showcases his iconic alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testicle, who is stealthily trimming General Montcalm's hair while he lies naked, fast asleep. Perched on the edge of the bed, Miss Chief meets the viewer's gaze with typical brazen confidence, despite being caught in the act.
Monkman frequently fuses historical or mythological narratives with First Nations' elements or characters. Here one can wonder whether Monkman is reimagining the Samson and Delilah story from the bible (a popular Old Master painting subject) and situating it in 18th century New France (aka Quebec).
This etching is an intimate alternative version of a painting with the same name in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. "Montcalm's Haircut" is one of the artist's earliest etchings and was produced in a notably smaller edition size of 35. (Typically, Monkman etchings are created in editions of 75 or even 100.)
The National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian are just a few of the institutions that have Monkman's work in their permanent collection.
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Etching and aquatint on paper
Signed, titled, dated and numbered by the artist.
From an edition of 35
10"H 11.75"W (work)
11.75"H 13.75"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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