Nebraska Authors

Dale Nichols

AKA: pseud. Willem de Polman

Born 1904-07-13 David City, NE (USA)

The artist-author studied art at the Chicago Art Institute (more properly the School of the Chicago Institute for the Arts, known before 1882 as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, names noted because biographies of Nichols use these designations promiscuously), remaining in Chicago through most of the 1920s and 1930s. He traveled much thereafter. Nichols is known primarily for his rural landscape paintings, which draw on his youth in Nebraska.

MONA has a biography page for Nichols and a significant collection of his art.

Places Lived

Antigua, Guatemala

Author Of

  • Visual Work


Painters; Nebraska Subjects; Farm Life; Rural Life




Figure Drawing. 1957.

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