DescriptionPERRY NICHOLS (1911-1992)
Mary Nell, 1936
14.5in. x 13in.
Perry Nichols, one of the original Dallas Nine, grew up in the 1920s. During high school he showed a strong aptitude toward art. He studied under Eleanor Benners and later with Frank Reaugh, Alexandre Hogue, and Peter Hurd.
During the 1930s, Nichols identified himself with the growing Regionalist Movement in American art. As were other Dallas artists, Nichols was influenced by the Italian primitive quattrocentro painters. Along with this influence was an interest in the resurgence of Renaissance techniques such as fresco and egg tempera. Nichols received instruction in these media from Peter Hurd of New Mexico, who was the acknowledged American master at egg tempera and fresco.
This hangable fresco was a strong statement by Perry Nichols of his belief in Renaissance methods. This painting was his entry in the 1936 Texas Centennial. It is considered the most important Nichols painting not already in a museum. A wonderful artist-designed and painted frame completes the Renaissance tradition of high craftsmanship and complete artistic control over the creative process.
While damaged, the damage is not by "inherent vice." The surface is stable and no observable flaking or indication of surface deterioration is evident.
This is a wonderful opportunity to own a rare 1936 Texas Centennial painting.
Estate of Perry Nichols
1936 Texas Centennial, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
11th Annual Allied Arts Exhibition, 1940, Dallas Museum of Art
Estimate: $24,000 - $26,000.
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