DALE NICHOLS (1904-1995) is an American artist best known for his lyrical paintings of Midwest Heartland homesteads and farms in deep winter. These coveted paintings sell for mid to upper five figures at major New York auctions. Nichols was a traveler and later in life he spent considerable time in Guatemala, where he painted a number of works showing the landscape and inhabitants. See the askart listing on him. The present work is from that period. Measuring 18 1/2" by 13 1/2" (28" by 22" as framed), this is a work on a thin cotton type cloth, in a watercolor media and three white stars in gouache added near the edges. Appearing almost as a stencil, this is definitely original work, though to some it would appear to be a mechanical process. I have owned a similar work before and have seen others from this period, when the artist used this technique. The painting is in good condition with the exception of a light circular brownish stain at upper left center (see photo). While I imagine this could be removed professionally, it is important to note its presence. There is a very light greenish border all around that I thought at first might be later staining but I believe it is possibly the artist's intent, to have a "border" around the edge. Note that the "herringbone" effect of parallel lines in the light areas is a mysterious effect produced by the digital camera only and is not actually on the work itself. The green frame is cloth covered. .
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