"Working Dogs of the World"
Border Collies: Folding the
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Count Bernard de Clavière d'Hust. Reproduction of this
| Two beautiful border
collies, intent upon their duty, guide a small group
of recalcitrant sheep. Nipping on the heels of these dogs is a storm that
smokes and boils in a dark and dangerous sky. In the distance a shelf of
rock shaped like the jaws of a huge trap lies in a nest of brush and trees as
if set by some giant hunter and forgotten. The only escape from this
threatening moment in nature is forward into the light.
This Magnificent portrayal of working border collies reveals how deeply
artist Count Bernard de Clavière d'Hust understands the sudden dangers
of nature. Nonetheless, the artist's great love of nature does not allow
him to make that statement without adding a redemptive slope to the
foreground so that it appears that nature, aware of its own capricious
behavior, is helping the dogs guide the sheep to shelter.
| A true working
dog in every sense of the word, the Border Collie is
usually found shepherding sheep, but is equally capable of herding other
animals. This dog is the most often used herding dog in America and is
said to have an eye that can hypnotize cattle.
The Border Collie is believed to have descended from reindeer herding
dogs introduced into the British Isle by invading Vikings. About 300 years
ago in the Scottish border country the Border Collie as it is known today
was developed. These marvelous shepherds are usually black and white,
but may be found in other combinations such as red and white, merle
or black, white, and red.
This print is part of the "Working
Dogs of the World" edition which includes the following dogs.