DescriptionPERRY NICHOLS (1911-1992)
Mary Nell, 1936
14.5in. x 13in.
Perry Nichols, one of the original Dallas Nine, grew up in the 1920's. During high school he showed a strong aptitude toward art. He studied under Eleanor Benners and after with Frank Reaugh, Alexandre Hogue and Peter Hurd.
During the 1930's Nichols identified himself with the growing Regionalist Movement in American Art. As 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.
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.
While damaged, the Nichols family considers it within the spirit of the painting to be left unrestored. In a sense it has the look of a real 14th or 15th century fresco.
This is a wonderful opportunity to own a rare 1936 Texas Centennial painting.
Provenance: Estate of Perry Nichols
Exhibited: 1936 Texas Centennial, Fair Park, Dallas, TX
11th Annual Allied Arts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, 1940
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.
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