Pastel on paper, 20" by 25" and silvery frame 3 3/4" wide on a side, the subject a schnauzer dog in an arid mountain landscape possibly in the Palm Springs, California area. The drawing is by an artist skilled in the use of pastel. JOSEPHINE CRUMRINE (1917-2005) of Alaska was perhaps best known for her work depicting Eskimos and other familiar Alaska themes such as sled for the menus of the Alaska Steamship Company, but she also experimented with other subject matter. I recently sold a scene similar to this except that the subject was a vintage automobile. The subject should appeal to the aficionado of that popular breed or collector of dog art. The askart biography for the artist states (see below) that Crumrine executed a series of dog portraits in 1941 for use as menu covers on the steamship line. Condition is excellent save for some pastel dust contact with the glass, as is seen in some images. Some photos were taken at steep angles in order to minimize reflections. Here is the biography of the artist, from askart: "Josephine Liddell was a regional Alaska painter best known for her pastel portraits of Alaskan sled dogs, although in the 1960s she turned more to the region's landscape for subject matter. She was the daughter of Nina Crumrine (1889-1959), also an Alaska artist. Josephine Liddell was born April 16, 1917, in Seattle, and as a young girl, in 1923, went north with her mother to live with Nina's uncle, H.V.McGee, in Ketchikan after her parents' divorce. She received her first training in art from her mother, and was later sent to San Francisco for further schooling. Josephine also studied at the Art Center in Los Angeles and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She and her mother were great travelers in the following decades, visiting and painting every region of Alaska as well as South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. In 1959 Josephine married Robert Liddell, and the couple built a house on property owned by her mother in Haines, Alaska. After his death on June 2, 1969, she continued her professional art career, traveling worldwide, but she always returned to Alaska, her favorite place on earth, and divided her time during her last years between Seattle and Homer. Eight of her pastel dog portraits were commissioned by the Alaska Steamship Company in 1941 for reproduction on its menu covers, and have since become collector's items. Her works are included in the collection of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Josephine Crumrine Liddell died at her home in Alaska on May 10, 2005". SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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