Oil on Canvas
In the midst of a landscape composed almost entirely of cubic forms rendered in bright luminous tones of red, green, violet, and orange, the animal of the title, a beast of tremendous power and size, is seen perched upon a rock. This is not, by any means, the kind of dreamy, transcendent image that we saw in Blue Horse I or Yellow Cow, but rather the picture of a killer. Disturbed from its sleep, its head risen, its stark yellow eyes fixed upon its intended victim, this tiger, composed solely in tones of yellow and black, is ready to discharge the kinetic force of its massive and muscular bulk. The images of this animal is made to seem even more powerful by the block-like construction of the forms that determine its body. The entire works is filled with tension, with a sense of apprehension, with a presentiment of quick and sudden death. In this painting the feeling of security, of harmony and comfort that Marc had projected in his previous works is now entirely absent. The Tiger is not by any means an isolated image.