The cow of the title is made up of scattered bits and pieces that can be associated with a cow: an udder, a sticky tongue, an intricate digestive system, something sharp and something soft. At the beginning of the 1930s, Richard Mortensen was much concerned with surrealism and not least its interest in dreams and suppressed sexual urges. He tried to find a way of expressing what lay beneath the surface of things. During a visit to Sweden in the summer of 1934, he worked on a series of drawings and paintings, the immediate inspiration for which was a Swedish cow. But they were equally concerned with female sexuality and Taoist philosophy.