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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Private Collection, Montecarlo

  • Catalogue Essay

    Robert Longo's Study of Tiger Head 4B, 2011, is a study for a key work in his series, The Mysteries. This piece is exemplary of Longo's hyperrealistic style, particularly in his depiction of textures; the fur of the tiger appears almost tactile due to his finely detailed technique. Longo characteristically uses black and white throughout his oeuvre to dramatise his works whilst also giving them a serious edge. In this piece, the theatrical cropping of the pictorial space and intense gaze of the tiger is emphasised by the monochromatic colour palette. These elements in conjunction with each other serve to give Longo's works a dramatic grandeur, juxtaposing the beautiful and the violent thereby presenting the majesty and power of nature.

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Study of Tiger Head 4B

2011
ink and charcoal on vellum
60.4 x 48.1 cm. (23 3/4 X 18 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated ‘Robert Longo 11’ lower right; titled ‘Study of Tiger Head 4B’ lower left.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £104,500

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