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    AUDLEY DEAN NICOLS (American, 1875-1941)
    Oracle Arizona
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 12 inches (50.8 x 30.5 cm)
    Signed and titled lower left: Audley Dean Nicols S.N.A / Oracle Ariz

    Moving to El Paso for his health, Nicols became well known for his desert landscapes. He exhibited at the San Antonio Competitives and in El Paso. Nicols studied at the Art Students League and the Metropolitan Museum of Art with figure painters Edwin H. Blashfield, Kenyon Cox, and Henry Siddons Mowbray. Nicols exhibited desert wildflower landscapes in all three San Antonio Competitive exhibitions in 1927, 1928, and 1929.

    In Oracle, Arizona, and Indian Oasis, Arizona, Nicols used an Impressionist's touch in the application of paint. While utilizing his prototypical landscape built around a road or trail, the artist included flora native to Arizona in the foreground of each painting, including saguaro, greasewood, and prickly pear. Moreover, Nicols captures in both paintings the background haze that he used successfully throughout his Texas career to render the Southwestern landscape.




    Condition Report*: Presents very well overall. Original canvas. Varnish layer faintly visible, most notable in the sky region; stretcher crease on the upper edge faintly visible. No apparent restoration when examined under UV. Framed Dimensions 17.25 X 25.25 Inches
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