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    PERRY NICHOLS (1911-1992)
    Mary Nell, 1936
    Fresco
    14.5in. x 13in.
    Signed verso

    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.

    Condition Report*: Paint losses to forehead, cheek, neck and blouse. Overall pigment seems well adhered to plaster. One-half inch square loss to plaster at upper edge. Two long cracks running from upper edge through face. Cracks do not transmit through the back of the plaster.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    June, 2006
    10th Saturday
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