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William Kurelek

William Kurelek

William Kurelek
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 036

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

Farm Dogs Favourite Pastime in the 30s
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1972 and on verso titled
17 3/4 x 18 in  45.1 x 45.7cm

The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

William Kurelek’s depictions of rural life on the Prairies included the animals that were part of his family’s lives on their Manitoba farm, from the working horses and cows to farm cats and dogs. Farm dogs were amusing companions, and Kurelek depicted them helping to keep cows out of grain and corn fields, as well as their many amusing leisure activities, such as trying to catch small creatures fleeing the harvesting of grain fields, and, their ultimate favourite, the chasing of cars passing by on the country road we see here. The image of the black car takes us back in time, indicating Kurelek’s nostalgia for farm life on the open prairie in the 1930s. The scene unfolds under a magnificent Prairie sky. The bank of clouds gives the impression of following the same path as the road, taking our eye further, while its rising layers give a sense of vastness to this beguiling scene.

This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $50,000 CAD

Sold For: $67,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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