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Whether his subject is mythological or autobiographical, Weschke frequently depicts animals in his paintings. In the 1960s and 1970s he made a number of paintings of horses and dogs. This one shows the artist's own dog, a Borzoi called Dankoff, standing astride a piece of meat as if guarding it. Weschke has described the picture as 'a dog in a particular landscape in a given circumstance' but has observed that because of his singular appearance, this dog took on a symbolic role for him, evoking strong memories of particular events in his childhood. Here Dankoff is seen on the cliff by the artist's house at Cape Cornwall. The barren landscape reinforces a feeling of defensiveness and isolation.

September 2004