SUNLIGHT ON SNOW
8865. HOBART NICHOLS, 1869-1962. 'Sunlight on Snow'. c. 1940's-1950's. Oil on canvas, signed lower right. 30.5 x 36.5 inches in fine old period frame. Finely done with an especially wonderful rendering of light falling on snow and water, a work that evokes a great Zen-like sense of presence. In excellent condition with a couple of minor flakes to the frame.
Born in Washington DC, Henry Hobart Nichols (1869-1962) studied art at the Proebel Institute in Germany, and with Caludio Castelucho at the Julian Academy in Paris. He served as assistant to the director, U. S. Art Commission, Paris World's Fair, 1900. Lived in New York, 1908-62. Exhibited frequently in Washington. Served as president of the National Academy of Design, 1939-49, and as director of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1939-59. He died August 13, 1962, in Bronxville, N.Y. Nichols is known for his beautiful realistic landscapes, especially his treatment of light. His works hang in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other major museums. A listed artist, his works have sold for upwards of $13,000 at major auction houses.