TIGER FABLES

If tigers could paint…

Tiger fables is a common title I have given to my 42 digital pictures inspired by Æsop and Jean de la Fontaine’s fables. I have selected about 200 fables which I think are interesting and suited my painting language. Many of the fables seemed to be similar when they were translated into Danish, French and English. It turned out that there were sometimes up to 6 variations of the same story. but I realised that Æsop is the original master of animal fables, which have later become an inspiration to most of the animal fables in Europe.

Through a thorough study of these selected fables, I experienced more and more how profound they were in their content, and I wanted to interpret them in my own way. And they became pictures…

During my work with the animal fables I have had many experiences in connection with the world we live in. This is partly true of the great international political problems, partly the close day-to-day situations which I have experienced in a different way seen in the light of the fables.
To get as close as possible to the original text of Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) I have read these in the original language. This is Old French, but I was so lucky as to have Anna Christoffersen to make a Danish translation as well as write the short texts to each picture. La Fontaine’s fables are originally written in verse and are often cryptic even surrealistic. There are ambiguities in the selection of the animals, - they can have different symbolic meanings than they do in Danish.

In the case of Æsop (about 600 BC) I have chosen the fables that are about animals. The short and precise texts of the fables contribute to opening the action in the pictures and give meaning to the different animals’ interaction and symbolic meaning in the picture.

Via these numerous drawings and pictures that I have made during the last 18 months on my computer, I have moved further and further inside my own fabulous world. So that the lion has been replaced by the tiger
 

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De fire Tyre og Tigeren

Four Bulls and the Tiger

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Den Forelskede Tiger

The Tiger in Love

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Den Gamle Tiger

The old Tiger

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Den Syge Tiger

The sick Tiger

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Et unødvendigt besvær

An unnecessary bother

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Haren og Tigerens retfærdighed

The Hare and the Tiger’s Justice

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Hesten og Tigeren

The Horse and the Tiger

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Haren og Tigeren

The Hare and the Tiger

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Hyrden og Tigeren, Tigeren og Jægeren

The Shepherd and the Tiger, the Tiger and the Hunter

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Kongens Søn, den malede Tiger og Horoskopet

The King’s Son, the painted Tiger and the Horoscope

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Kvien, Geden og Fåret i selskab med Tigeren

The Heifer, the Goat and the Sheep together with the Tiger

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Odysseus's mandskab

"Odysseus’ Crew"

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 Ræven og Tigeren

The Fox and the Tiger

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Tigeren

The Tiger

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Tigeren og Bueskytten

The Tiger and the Archer

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Tigeren og Delfinen

The Tiger and the Dolphin

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Tigeren og Rotten

The Tiger and the Rat

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Tigeren og Ræven

The Tiger and the Fox

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Tigeren og Slangen

The Tiger and the Snake

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Tigeren og Statuen /Tigeren dræbt af MennesketTigeren og Statuen /Tigeren dræbt af Mennesket

TThe Tiger and the Statue /
The Tiger killed by a Human

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Tigeren og Tordenfluen

The Tiger and the Gad-fly

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A v.  Tigeren og Tornen

The Tiger and the Thorn

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Tigeren og Tyren

The Tiger and the Bull

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Tigeren og Vildsvinet

The Tiger and the Wild Boar

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Tigeren og Æslet på jagt

The Tiger and the Donkey out hunting

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Tigeren og Ørnen

The Tiger and the Eagle

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Tigeren som gik i krig

The Tiger who went to War

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Tigeren, Ulven og Ræven

The Tiger, the Wolf and the Fox

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Tigeren, Aben og de to Æsler

The Tiger, the Monkey and the two Donkeys

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Tigeren, Haren og Hunden i Floden

The Tiger, the Hare and the Dog in the River

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Tigeren, Jupiter og Elefanten

The Tiger, Jupiter and the Elephant

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Tigeren, Musen og Ræven

The Tiger, the Mouse and the Fox

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Tigeren, Ræven og Æslet

The Tiger, the Fox and the Donkey

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Tigerens Hof

The Tiger’s Court

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Tigerindens Begravelse

The Tigress’s Funeral

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Tyren og Geden

The Bull and the Goat

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Tyren, Tigeren og Vildsvinejægeren

The Bull, the Tiger and the Boar Hunter

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Æslet klædt i Tigerens Skind

The Donkey disguised in a Tiger’s Skin

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Æslet, Hanen og Tigeren

The Donkey, the Cock and the Tiger

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Æslet, Ræven og Tigeren

The Donkey, the Fox and the Tiger

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Æslets Hjerne

The Donkey’s Brains

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See all the digital animal fables as PDF files in the e-book ‘If Tigers could paint’
The file is 1.9 MB