Sale 0517 Lot 35
“Farm life was all I knew for the first 20 years of my life. In painting these canvases, I felt again the vastness of endless skies, experienced again the penetrating cold of Nebraska winters, lived again as farmers live …in spirit, I am very much a farmer” Dale nichols.
Dale nichols was born in rural David City, nebraska in 1904. His early life had a profound influence on his paintings which centered on the recreations of the farm life. The search for pure American Art was growing and the public was interested in scenes of American life. nichols emerged as an artist when regionalism and rural regionalism was growing as a collecting genre. His paintings are classified as a succession from grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Stuart Curry.
Nichols studied in Chicago at the Academy of fine Arts and the Art institute with Carl Wentz. He became a successful illustrator, watercolorist, designer, writer, lecturer, block-printer and painter. from 1942-1948 he succeeded grant Wood as art editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica. During his career, he had eighteen solo exhibitions and exhibited in more that eighty regional and national exhibitions.
The present painting, dated 1967, comes from a desirable period in the artists career. Mid-Nation Winter is a typical scene by nichols featuring a Midwestern farmhose, barn and windmill. it is among the finest of his snowscenes to come to market in recent history.
American collector’s in the 1930s looked to buy rural regionalist art to capture the disappearing idyllic agricultural lifestyle. nichols’ work has been avidly collected and is represented in numerous public and private collections throughout the country including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in new York.