LOT 007

1927 - 1977

Watering the Cattle in Winter
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1976 and on verso titled
8 x 7 3/4 in, 20.3 x 19.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at:

Loch Mayberry Fine Art Inc., Winnipeg
Private Collection, Winnipeg

William Kurelek, A Prairie Boy’s Winter, 1973, a very similar work entitled Watering Cows in Winter reproduced, unpaginated

“Before William’s father made a pipeline from the pump house to the barn and installed water troughs in the mangers, the dairy herd had to be watered at an outside trough. Even when it was snowing and blowing, the cows had to go out, for eating dry hay and chop for twenty-four hours made them very thirsty. Because it was such an ordeal for both man and beast, the chore was limited to once a day, and the children had to help.

John would undo the stanchions in later afternoon and chase the whole herd into the bitter cold outside. The cows would hunch up their backs and charge toward the water trough to get the whole experience over with as quickly as possible. William, dressed in his warmest red mackinaw, worked the trough, hacking away at the crust of ice formed the day before. Meanwhile, his mother thawed out the pump with a kettle of hot water so that fresh water could be pumped in…The water was so cold that now and then as the cows drank they had to lift their teeth out of it when the chill became too painful."

—William Kurelek, A Prairie Boy's Winter

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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