Reference Art: Tiger Hunt - Glenn

Tiger Hunt

by: Robert Glenn, 1992, raised brass and acrylic

This Story Is So ‘Meta’!

The “Originals” series was born, again, when I revisited this piece that I created in high school art class.   A 16-year-old version of me was assigned a sheet metal forming project. I remember scouring books of old masters for inspiration, and Peter Paul Rubens resonated with me. This piece currently resides in the permanent art collection of the high school I attended.

I initially chose the Rubens “Tiger and Lion Hunt” as inspiration for my high school project because I was mesmerized by his ability to capture movement and emotion in the muscular forms of animals and people. Looking back on that memory, I can now say I was also subconsciously drawn to something in this painting that seems a bit different from other Rubens paintings involving the hunting of exotic beasts.

The tiger seems to be winning here!

This scene depicts man hunting for sport. Overpowering one of the world’s most magnificent beasts with the power they derived from wealth and technology. Even in the time of this painting, the early 1600’s, man did not need to be hunting lions and tigers out of necessity.  Especially not these men. Instead, they kill to exert their power over the world. The result only for the trophy.

Nature has a way of getting back at men. If only for this battle on this day.

Reference Art: Return Of The Prodigal Son

Return of the Prodigal Son

by: PompeoBatoni, 18th century, oil on canvas

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Reference Art: The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

by: Peter Paul Rubens, 1618, oil on canvas

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image credit

Peter Paul Rubens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Reference Art: Tiger and Lion Hunt

Tiger and Lion Hunt

by: Peter Paul Rubens, 1615 - 1616, oil on canvas

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Reference Art: A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros

A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros

A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros

by: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, about 1880, oil on canvas

This painting depicts a young woman who is supposedly “defending” herself from Cupid.  As the story goes, once struck by Cupid’s arrow, a person is overcome by desire, attraction and love.  I have always thought of Cupid as a simple mythological story to explain something that happens naturally in us all.  Bouguereau’s painting changed that story for me to one of deal making and choice.