’60s Pop Artist Helps Save Horses

Iconic pop artist Peter Max heard about the plight of aging New York City carriage horse, fifteen-year-old gelding Bobby II Freedom that was rescued from a slaughterhouse, and he decided to give back. According to a New York Daily News article by Samuel Goldsmith, Peter Max volunteered to paint a portrait of the horse and donate it to the Henry Street Settlement, a nonprofit social services organization in New York City. Henry Street targets people who are struggling to make ends meet.

“I have a history of saving animals, I started years ago with a cow,” said Peter Max.

Max’s first animal he saved was a cow that had escaped from a slaughterhouse in Ohio. When the cow was recovered, officials set to return her to the slaughterhouse, but Max intervened and saved her.

“People have their cats and dogs and kids have rabbits, but I fell in love with a cow. It was like saving a child. The cow went to Farm Sanctuary upstate.”

The horse portrait of Bobby II will be auctioned at a fundraiser next week and could fetch upwards of $20,000.

“The funds go directly to support programs that are more vital now than ever,” said Henry Garza, head of the Henry Street Settlement.

The proceeds from the auction will also be split with Equine Advocates, a sanctuary for abused and condemned horses in upstate Chatham, NY.

The word from the horse sanctuary is that Bobby II Freedom is spending his retirement days sharing a pasture with seven other geldings and enjoying his freedom.

Main image: Juliet R. Harrison Photography, used with permission

Painting: Peter Max via New York Daily News

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161 comments

Natasha Salgado
Natasha salgado3 years ago

Peter you are a godsend!!! I only wish the others could have also been saved from their horrible fate. Thanks

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for posting!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.3 years ago

Peter Max, I congratulate you for doing such a wonderful act, all for the good of Henry Street Settlement and Equine Advocates. Great that Bobby ll Freedom is with other horses and enjoying his freedom! I absolutely love the painting and hopes it brings in an all time high price.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you for helping the animals

Winn Adams
Winnie Adams3 years ago

Terrific, thanks!

Pinke A.
Pinke A.3 years ago

Well done! The cow-story was just great! Thank you for saving her!!-and for the horses of course!

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe3 years ago

Thank you Max, this is a wonderful story with a happy ending. Shame on those who exploited Bobby II & then just disregarded him. Heartless.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

thank you

Jude Hand
Judith Hand3 years ago

I'm a big Peter Max fan; this only adds to that.

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago

Great