Pop Chalee Painting, ca. 1940
This painting was a gift to my father upon his graduation from Heidelberg College in Ohio. I did a little research on it. All I know is it is New Mexico area, and it's Pop Chalee, and that she was a female artist.
Her name was Marina Lujan, Pop Chalee.
And she was from Taos Pueblo. She was born in 1908, and she was well known in the Hollywood circles, well known in the Taos social set, and became a very important artist. The difference between this painting and most of her paintings, they're usually horses or deer in very stretched out sort of Art Deco looking artwork.
This is Taos Pueblo, where she grew up. You can tell because of the three stories. Taos Pueblo is the only pueblo that has three stories on it. And the clothes are typical of Taos. It's hard to tell exactly when she painted this. She painted well into the late 20th century. It's a great painting. It's a good size painting. If this was in a gallery, I would expect a price tag of $3,000 to $4,000 on it…
Oh, exciting. Very exciting.
It's very nice.
Oh, thank you.
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