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The Red Barn - Dale Williams Nichols
Dale Williams Nichols
"The Red Barn", circa 1945
Oil on canvas
16.75 x 23.5 inches
Signed lower right
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Like his fellow mid western contemporary, Grant Wood (also a Chigago Art Insitute alumni), Dale Nichols depicted his rolling hilled, Nebraska farmlands with fresh, sculpted precision as beautifully showcased in The Red Barn, circa 1945. These earlier examples by Nichols, with their wonderfully evocative light, have become increasingly scarce which makes this striking and rare find all the more exciting. Grant Wood’s iconic painting Spring Plowing, 1932, which sold for nearly seven million dollars at Sotheby’s in 2005, displays the similarly undulating hills of Wood’s Iowa countryside and represents a distinctly different yet equally modern vision than that of the Abstract Expressionists who were also popular at the time.

The Red Barn is in very good condition, the canvas is unlined and we purchased this commanding example privately.
Dale Nichols works can be found in such prestigious museums as The Butler Institute, The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art among others.

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