Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Nov 27, 2016

LOT 143

HANNES SCHMID COWBOY #120 - COWBOY (DETAIL) Hannes Schmid, painted in 2012. Oil on Canvas, depicting a close-up of a cowboy riding a horse in warm evening light. His hat brightly illuminated and his white coattails fluttering in the wind, the cowboy exits the dark and rides directly towards the onlooker. The horse's nostrils and white markings seem to be just within one's reach. Yet, despite the unmediated encounter, eye contact can be made neither with the cowboy nor the horse: The two of them look right through the beholder. Last sunbeams fall on the weather-beaten face and the red shirt; long shadows indicate that the sun is very low already. The gloved hand brightly flashes, holding between two fingers the long rein. The lower hand is covered up by the horse's mane and ear, and behind the rolled up lasso, the rider's thighs inseparably blend in with the animal's body.

HKD 2,000,000 - 2,800,000

USD 258,000 - 361,000 / CHF 247,000 - 346,000

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Signed by artist on back of canvas. DIM. LENGTH 120 cm. x WIDTH 180 cm. In excellent condition. Shown at 2013 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland. HANNES SCHMID (B. 1946 -) Born in Zurich Switzerland, he started his career as a photographer at a young age developing his skills through global travels from Africa to East Asia and to countless exotic locations in between. Over several decades, his work covers subjects in all genres: geographical, cultural and social phenomena. Following his travels, he turned his focus to the music industry. From the late 1970s through the mid 1980s, he toured with and captured iconic images of over 250 bands worldwide including many celebrated musicians of the time such as ABBA, The Rolling Stones,Queen and Frank Zappa. A perpetual master of reinvention, SCHMID again shifted gears in the mid 1980s and became fascinated with the fashion and advertising worlds. His major recognition came in 1993 when PHILIP MORRIS, the American tabacco giant, approached him to collaborate for their global advertising campaign showcasing the strong and masculine imagery of cowboys associated with the Marlboro brand. Since 2003, Schmid has started a new chapter of his career by translating photography into photo-realistic paintings from his large photo archive spanning over 40 years.