Tiger on the Watch by Jean Leon Gerome

Tiger on the Watch

(Tiger auf der Lauer)


Jean Leon Gerome

1888   ·  Öl auf Leinwand  ·  Picture ID: 13585

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"Tiger in wait" takes the viewer into the vastness of the desert. The realistic painter Jean Leon Gerome places the opulent work in four parts: in the foreground, on a hill of the steppe, sits a powerful tiger. He has turned his back on the viewer, his mouth is torn open, his eyes directed into the distance. Deposed in color, a huge plane appears, which the artist sets in pale gray.
This, in turn, is framed by a bare mountain landscape, which seems to continue indefinitely from left to right. Above: an almost serene blue sky with soft clouds. From here comes the light, which also plunges the mighty plain into glistening, almost merciless brightness.

But not the infinity of the barren landscape conveys drama in the first place! It is the royal tiger that Gerome has painted and illuminated down to the smallest detail with his magnificent coat and his tense posture. The tiger is the true ruler of this vast nature. With only a few sentences, he can bridge large distances. The tiger could thus become a danger to the deploying troops, who sees the viewer very small from the opposite side gathering in the plane. There is danger in the air here. Is an attack planned by humans? Are you collecting for a drill? Or will these soldiers have to fend off an attack? The tiger as a predator could be a metaphor for the probably upcoming fight here.

The painting immediately transmits to the viewer the power of the animal, the possible danger situation and the endlessly felt breadth. Here man can only exist if he stands together. In contrast, the animal also convinces alone. It does not seem frightened or powerless. The tiger shows interest and is focused on what is happening in the distance in front of his eyes.
Do people also perceive him in the plane? The artist does not answer this question. His painting leaves space and can be thought out in different directions!

Tiger on the Watch by Jean Leon Gerome
tiger · brown · watching · waiting · desert · caravans · plains · mountain · badlands · clouds
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Other art prints by Jean Leon Gerome
The Carpet Merchant Pool in a Harem The Wailing Wall Markos Botsaris, 1874 The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 1869 The Bath Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra, 1890 Tiger on the Watch The Slave Market, 1866 Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant (Hail Caesar! We Who Are about to Die Salute You), 1859 Diogenes, 1860 (oil on linen) Eminence Gray Thumbs Down Thumb Up Arnaut of Cairo, 1871
Other art prints by Jean Leon Gerome
The Carpet Merchant Pool in a Harem The Wailing Wall Markos Botsaris, 1874 The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 1869 The Bath Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra, 1890 Tiger on the Watch The Slave Market, 1866 Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant (Hail Caesar! We Who Are about to Die Salute You), 1859 Diogenes, 1860 (oil on linen) Eminence Gray Thumbs Down Thumb Up Arnaut of Cairo, 1871
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Monkeys smoking and drinking A Satyr pressing Grapes with a Tiger and Leopard, c.1618 Portrait of a Monkey dated 1774 Hanuman Monkey Wild Swine Monkeys in a Kitchen, c.1645 (oil on canvas transferred from panel) Shivaji, Khana, 1996 (mixed media on paper) Una and the Lion, from Spensers Faerie Queene, 1880 Study of a lion Tiger on the Watch Elephant rolling log Okapi and giraffe Manchurian Tiger Asiatic Wild Ass The Monkey Painter, 1740
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