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Dale Nichols, oil on canvas, White Dove of the Desert

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USA, 1953 – oil on canvas – 40.25” x 34.25” frame, sight 35.25” x 29.25”

November 16, 2016

Dale Nichols 1904 – 1995 “ White Dove of the Desert “

An interesting, unusual in subject and evocative early painting by this seminal American painter of Western landscapes.
White Dove of the Desert is the nickname for Mission San Xavier del Bac, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. Completed in 1797 the church is still used for services and administering to the needs of its parishioners.

Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols became the first Carnegie visiting professor of art at the University of Illinois. Greatly respected and admired for his gentle attention to detail and loving portrayals of rural life, Nichols’ work was selected for exhibition at the Century of Progress in Chicago as well as five World’s Fairs. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the country as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


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