With restrictions easing, this may be the final ‘Lockdown’ post. No matter. For me 13 is not a bad omen. Even as a child I quite liked the number.
For Number 13 I had something in mind that was just for a bit of fun.
Sheep in Welsh Storm
Henri Rousseau: Tiger in Tropical Storm, 1891
This oil-on-canvas was the first in Rousseau’s series of ‘jungle paintings’. The original title was “Surprised!” conjuring the idea of prey about to be ambushed. But the prey is tantalisingly out of sight so it is left to the viewer to complete the narrative.
Criticised for being naive – childish even – I think it has stood the test of time. I love its immediacy, pops of colour and texture, and sheer animation. Despite not gaining the recognition of the critics, Rousseau’s work was admired by his contemporaries Picasso, Matisse, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
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