Original Comic Humor Etching O'Klein from The dirty dogs,
Boris O'Klein, born Arthur Boris O'Klein, a French artist and
cartoonist. An anthropomorphic artist, he
is known for his numerous prints and watercolors of dogs getting
up to mischief. The prints are
generally called "The Naughty Dogs" or "The Dirty Dogs" or
"The Dirty Dogs of Paris." While
O'Klein was a prolific artist and produced many watercolors,
the greatest part of his output
consists of prints, either color lithographs or engravings
heightened with hand-painted touches of watercolor.
Many of these prints appear to be have been produced in
O'Klein's later years and after his death,
and are still likely produced to this day. The two main
themes of O'Klein's art are (1) public urination;
and (2) male-female flirtation or desire. The numerous scenes
by O'Klein of dogs lined up
against walls or beside trees to urinate are part of what
gives the prints their incendiary appeal
for some viewers. In other prints, a number of male dogs will
follow a female dog with an air of evident interest.
Paper sizes are approximately 17 x 13 inches.
Actual image size is approximately 12 x 8 inches.