In the 1970s, Kostas Dereškevičius and his likeminded colleagues Algimantas Kuras, Arvydas Šaltenis and Algimantas Švėgžda created the Ketvertas (Foursome) group. They were the first to use bleak colors to portray the new, sometimes brutal, symbols of their era in an unromantic and realistic way, capturing everyday events and objects which today are interesting documentary recordings of a past time.
The painting Cow by the Highway looks like an image seen through the window of a passing car. It also reflects the dreary mood of the collective farm era as well as the campaign to build new highways and the resulting painful urban expansion into the rural world. The painting‘s synthetic colors speak to the harmful spread of chemical usage in agriculture. In every way, the scared and unhappy cow standing by the highway looks trapped in a corner, with no chance of salvation in a human world.