It's an odd link, but this piece goes
right back to an early
painting: Jean Harlow(was
it Dorothy Parker who said that Harlow
was spelt with a silent 't'?) in it's design approach. I have always
the idea of the isolation of rich detail against a flat background.
(The background of the physical Panther painting extends further than
the image shown
eye focusses on the details, the brain fills in that which is not shown
much better than if everthing is laboriously depicted.