Morning, 1981

by Dale Nichols (1904–1995)

Oil on canvas
29⅞ x 39⅞ inches
Signed and dated lower left: DALE NICHOLS 1981; on verso: “Morning”

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Tomlin Acheson Fine Arts, Santa Monica, California

Private collection, acquired from above, 1998

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 2, 2018, lot 23


Note: Inscribed on verso in the artist’s hand:


I see the spectacle of the morning

from the hill-top over against my house, from

daybreak to sunrise, with emotions an angel

might share…the long, slender bars of clouds float

like fishes, in the sea of crimson light…from the

earth, as a shore. I look out into that silent sea

to partake its rapid transformations.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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