Childhood Fantasy Picture

I've always loved this work by Rousseau, but it occurred to me not long ago that I'd seen this terrified tiger somewhere before...

This piece demonstrates Beaudrillard's theories of 'Mythology' in the academic sense - that there are overarching 'themes' or 'motifs' in culture that reoccur in various incarnations. This myth of the frightened tiger appears here in Rousseau's painting 'Tiger in a storm' and in 'He-man' as Adam's green sidekick Cringer. In showing Cringer, reincarnated as Rousseau's Tiger, this work challenges established notions of 'high' and 'low' art and what we mean by "culture".
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