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Northwest Missouri State University


The First Snow

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Nichols, Hobart
American, 1869-1962

TitleThe First Snow
DateCirca 1920s-30s
MediumPainting
Oil on panel
Dimensions22" x 18"

Catalog NumberUC7
Location Administration Building, President's Office

Senior class gift 1935. Nichols was born in 1869 in Washington, D.C., and studied in Washington and in Paris at the Academie Julien. In 1912 he was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design and to full membership in 1920, as indicated by the "N.A." following his name. From 1939 to 1940 he served as President of the Academy and also was a director and Vice President of the Tiffany Foundation, established to aid artists and crafts-persons as their careers were emerging. Known in the 1920s and 30s as the "dean of landscape painting" in the eastern part of this country, Nichols tended to concentrate on calm, intimate scenes of nature as opposed to broad vistas of grandeur.