Art

This five-panel, 18-foot-wide painting of some stylized cows, painted in 1957, decorated my condo for five years.

Eventually I fell in love and moved to a house that doesn’t have 18 feet of clear wall space. So I sent the cave cows back to Eclectisaurus, the excellent Toronto knick-knack shop where I found them, and there they hang today.

This is obviously a for-sale notice. The store is offering them for sale at the same price I paid in 2010. It’s a consignment deal: If the cows sell to a new buyer, I get my money back. I’m not fussed either way: I loved having those panels on my wall, and believe I got my money’s worth during the five years I had them.

They were painted in about 1957 by Alex von Svoboda; in response to a query, he sent this explanation:

The panels were made a long time ago for Mr. Pruski living on Brier Hill in Toronto. He owned a large meat packing plant. The panels were mounted on a track with a row of florescence lights behind top and bottom with a dimmer control switch.

I hung them without lights behind them, and they’re still spectacular. (They’re painted on fibreglass which in turn is hung on wood frames.) (Here’s an account of some of von Svoboda’s art. His website, which was still active two years ago, no longer seems to be.)

Anyway, Leslie at Eclectisaurus will be happy to tell you more. As will I, if you’re interested.