WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
PRAIRIE TRANSPORT IN THE DIRTY 30’S - THE BENNETT BUGGY
mixed media on masonite
signed with initials and dated ‘71
8.75 ins x 21 ins; 22.2 cms x 53.3 cms
“Kurelek’s vision of childhood is powerful and alive, whether in the joy of games, the hard work of the farm or the struggle against the elements. Perhaps its success comes from the nostalgia it creates.”
Pulled by a horse, engine and windows removed, a "Bennett buggy" trundles towards the warm glow of a prairie farm. William Kurelek transforms the effects of the Great Depression into a whimsical sight. He captures the delight a child would feel, under the moonlight, watching the buggy approach the farm.
Ramsay Cook and Avrom Issacs, Kurelek Country: The Art of William Kurelek, Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, page 11.
The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto