397-Milk is for Pussies, T is for Tiger. C.Walker July 2016,
I live and work in Provence. Going to markets is an occupation that eats into painting time, but it does sometimes provide inspiration. Other than fine cheese you can always get a typical Provençal tablecloth. To me the patterns of lavender, cigales, bees, olives, sunflowers, etc. tell the tale of the land and the bright colours are traditional; tablecloth manufacturers do not mess with their product . But it is from here I like to take off. This tiger is dressed nicely in the Provencal table cloth and tea is served. My piece was painted more than one hundred years after the death of Rousseau, one of the main forerunners of modern art, with his well-known jungle paintings that characterised his later work. My painting is smaller than Henri Rousseau's 'The Hungry Lion throws itself on the Antelope' (1898/1905) and pays less attention to the jungle vegetation than his 'Traumgarten', Here the Provençal influence again emerges and this painting combines the realism and naivety of Roussesau with the wit and whimsy of Walker.