A tiger resting amongst rocks

ARTHUR WARDLE RI RBC (1864-1949)

A tiger resting amongst rocks

20th century United Kingdom

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Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Rosewood frame with pewter stringing
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This pastel study of a tiger on tinted paper is a quintessentially Wardlesque work. The setting may well be the rocks of Exmoor, which he knew from his holidays there, whilst the tiger will have been painted in London Zoo; however, the combination is far greater than the sum of its parts, having the authenticity of intimate knowledge and observation. Wardle was popular with public and critics alike for his ability to catch the poses, movements and expressions of every animal he portrayed, and here he seems to have captured a distillation of tigerness. Texture, colouring, light & shade, are all caught spontaneously and accurately, but each becomes the servant of Wardle’s empathy with his subject, and his capacity to infuse it with the sense of danger inherent in this wild and savage animal.
Dimensions
Height 27.90 cm (10.98 inches)
Width 41.90 cm (16.50 inches)
External Height 59.70 cm (23.50 inches)
External Width 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Medium
Coloured chalks on grey paper
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'ARTHUR WARDLE'
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