Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Zwei Tiger" by Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth

This is a friggin' woodcut?
But there, looking beyond the churning, thrusting movement of the composition and exquisite details, notice the layers of flat color? And those oh-so-solid lines?
Yes, this is a friggin' woodcut.

I find tigers mesmerizing. Those stripes! They contain a multitude of additional creatures in-of-themselves. Black, sleek, mysterious, creatures. Wriggling, flexing, and stretching creatures. Creatures with thick fur, sharp teeth, claws. Creatures that breath deep - their bodies expanding with air and thinning to a wire with exhalation - then crouch down, and pounce! While the tiger, like its lion cousin is an impressive large cat, its stripes have a life of their own.


  1. I love your description of tigers. They are mesmerizing. This woodcut is so detailed, I also find it hard to believe that's what it is.