The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me. StyleNorth reader Sarah recently left a comment on a two-year-old post called The Dog House about my and my former partner’s passion for dog art. In the post, Sarah spotted a print titled W.C. Privé, which I found at an estate sale and really love (it hangs in my bathroom, appropriately enough).
The point of this post is that Sarah knew all about the art and the artist — she owns three prints in the series, left (click to enlarge) — while I knew absolutely nothing aside from the fact that the estate seller said he purchased the print in Paris. The signature is indecipherable.
Thanks to Sarah I now know that the artist is Boris O’Klein (1893 – 1985), a Paris-based, Russian émigrée who was famous for his Dirty Dog series of hand-tinted etchings, originally done in the 1930s and popular with tourists.
I also now know that I can purchase others in the original set for anywhere from $125 to as much as $400, either on eBay or through other online sellers. The prints have subsequently been commercially reproduced but those offset versions are worth far less than the original etchings.
Sarah, thanks again for writing; I’m delighted to finally know the story behind a piece of art that I truly treasure, in part because O’Klein’s line-up of dogs includes a Scottie.