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An oil on canvas laid on board painting of two guilty, mischievous dogs, one possibly a red setter, signed at lower right and dated 1945 by a woman artist well-regarded in Montana, ELIZABETH DAVEY LOCHRIE (1890-1981). A chewed-up shoe at left is the object of their affection. Lochrie was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, educated in nearby Butte, and by 1911 was in New York at Pratt Institute. In 1924-25 she was commissioned to create murals for the Montana State Hospital, and in subsequent decades she executed murals for a number of post offices in the state. Lochrie came to be highly regarded by the Blackfeet Indians, who adopted her, giving her the name "Nelchitaki", loosely translating as "Woman Alone in Her Way". In the course of her life, Lochrie studied with Winold Reiss and Victor Arnautoff. She created portraits of Native Americans in the Winold Reiss style. Within Montana, the artist is widely celebrated. She died in Ojai, California in her nineties. The work measures 13 1/4" by 10 1/2" (16 1/4" by 13 1/2" framed).
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ELIZABETH DAVEY LOCHRIE (1890-1981) painting of mischievous dogs by noted Montana woman artist
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