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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 162

    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)

    Bright Tiger

    Price Realised  

    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)
    Bright Tiger
    signed 'Kuhn' (lower left)
    acrylic on masonite
    24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1972.


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    Kuhn described the inspiration for this painting, '"Burning bright, in the forests of the night" finishes the line by English poet William Blake. It's the painter's job, I believe, to evoke the essential character of the beasts he portrays. Some animals are pretty dovoid of lore; others are awash in it and the tiger is one of them. He has yielded to the world's dominant predator, grudgingly, inch by snarling inch. Ah, but consider the challenge and the pleasure of trying to capture the great cat's essence. It's a spur to me and to my continuing efforts to get it right.' (op. cit., p. 66).

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DOUG AND ELLEN MILLER COLLECTION


    Literature

    Tom Davis, Wild Harvest The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art Magazine, 1997, p. 66, illustrated p. 67.