By Arthur Boris O'Klein (1893-1985), the master of humorous and raunchy popular art featuring the dogs of Paris misbehaving in various ways, (including public urination, and the males chasing females), a colored engraving of a number of dogs of various breeds awaiting their turn to relieve themselves against a wall. The print measuring 8 1/4" by 18 1/2" (11" by 21 1/4" framed), is hand signed in pencil at lower right by the artist. It is in good condition (soft paper ripples throughout) and ready for display. O'Klein was born in Moscow, Russia and emigrated to eastern France as a boy. He served in the First World War. From about the 1930's through the 1950's, O'Klein very successfully produced the famous series of naughty printed works, which proved very popular with tourists to the City of Light. The anthropomorphic works (humanizing animals) are variously called "The Naughty Dogs", "The Dirty Dogs", or "The Dirty Dogs of Paris". O'Klein also produced original watercolors, and animal subjects treated in a more serious and traditional manner.
BORIS O'KLEIN (1893-1985) famed pencil signed colored print of Paris dogs in public urination scene