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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Dale Nichols

Dale Nichols, Fence Builders, 1943

Dale William Nichols (American, 1904-1995)
Fence Builders 1943
Oil on canvas
Anonymous Gift
1979.327.001

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.