Dale William Nichols (American, 1904-1995)
Fence Builders 1943
Oil on canvas
A prolific artist and illustrator, Dale Nichols often created images that referenced his childhood experiences on a Nebraskan farm. While personal to him, his paintings were part of the larger Regionalism movement where artists focused on everyday subjects, especially of America’s heartland.
Many interpret Regionalism as a celebration of agrarian life but it was a complex movement with great variety. It also had the potential to rile up xenophobic and extreme nationalist views and overall serves as a reminder of the power of images to sway public opinion.