Stars, 1953

by Dale Nichols (1904–1995)
Oil on canvas
10 x 14⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: DALE NICHOLS 1953; on stretcher bar: “STARS” by Dale Nichols


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Private collection, Arizona, acquired from above, ca. 1940

Private collection, by descent from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, July 20, 2023, lot 481, from above

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Bridge of Ecstasy, acrylic on linen canvas, 40 x 36 inches; Bone Creek Art Museum, David City, Nebraska

Artist Biography

A painter, designer, lithographer, and illustrator, Nichols was born in David City, Nebraska. The son of a farmer, Nichols was educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (now the Art Institute of Chicago). His work is mostly closely associated with the American regionalist movement of the 1930s, and he is particularly well-known for his bucolic depictions of agrarian American scenery. His 1934 painting, End of the Hunt, received an award from the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1939, was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His paintings have been compared to those of Grant Wood and Thomas

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