The Red Queen
Perry Nichols ( American, 1911 - 1992 )
This painting is dramatically different in style from Perry Nichols' earlier "Fight in the Corral" (DMA 1945.7). Its highly finished surface betrays virtually no brushstrokes, while the mysterious, hyper-realistic assemblage of still-life objects evokes the late 19th-century trompe l'oeil ("fool-the-eye") still lifes of William Michael Harnett and John Peto, whose works are on view in the Museum's American collections. Besides executing numerous murals around the city, Dallas native Nichols assisted Pierre Bourdelle on the plaster reliefs for the exposition buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial, which still stand today in Fair Park. He also headed the art department at The Hockaday School.