Dale Nichols, American (1904-1995).
Dale Nichols was born in David City, Nebraska in 1904. He was a painter, designer, lithographer, illustrator,
writer, lecturer, and educator. He studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and remained in Chicago, for
fifteen years, spending one year as a Carnegie professor of art at the University of Illinois. In 1943, he
became art editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Dale Nichols exhibited his paintings extensively throughout his career. It was during a 1933 Art Institute of Chicago
exhibition that Nichols jealously observed Grant Wood's "American Gothic" win top prize. Inspired, Nichols went on to
paint "End of the Hunt", which won top prize in 1934 and now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
Nichols pursued his art career across artistic and geographic boundaries moving between his native Nebraska to places
that included Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Guatemala, and Alaska where he spent several years to be near his daughter.
Nichols paintings showcase what he considered the most important ingredient of life: light. Nichols was fascinated with
the unusual light of Alaska, specifically, its twilight. The painting "Alaskan Twilight", is a quintessential example
of Dale Nichols' artistic expression and his captivation with the natural world.
Signed and dated 1951, lower left.
Oil on board. 16" x 24"
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