Joyous Color: The Art of Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930)

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Reclining Lady with Dog

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Reclining Lady with Dog Watercolor on paper 15 ½ x 12 ¼ (window) /13 x 16 ¼ (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes Nicholls at lower right

(New York, NY) Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to present Joyous Color: The Art of Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1845-1930), an online exhibition and sale A celebrated artist and educator, Nicholls was lauded as one of the finest painters at the turn of the century. This intimate exhibition features a dozen works in oil, watercolor and gouache and includes landscapes as well as portrait and figurative works. The exhibition places a special emphasis on the Venetian scenes for which Nicholls is well-known.

The English-born artist studied in London before spending three years in Italy. She was the 2nd woman elected a member of the Roman Watercolor Society. In 1884, Nicholls moved to New York with her husband, the American artist Burr H. Nicholls. As her reputation as an artist steadily increased, she became a sought-after instructor. Within a decade she was heading the watercolor department at William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Summer School and continued teaching throughout the northeast, in locations such as Hartford and Gloucester.

Among the work to be shown is Portrait of Woman, a sensitively painted bust-length watercolor defined by soft shadows and a light-filled gaze. Garden Stairs, Italy, a watercolor, is full of misty atmosphere and energetic brushstrokes while Harbor Scene, Gloucester, Mass, painted in gouache, radiates the warmth and color of the harbor on an autumn afternoon.

Shown together, the collection reveals Nicholls process from delicate washes and color notations as seen in the watercolor Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice to her mastery of sunlight effects in works such as Italian Woman and Child, and Reclining Figure with Dog.

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Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Italian Woman and Child

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Italian Woman and Child Oil and graphite on paper 9 x 6 ¾ (window)/16 x13.5 (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes and inscribed Venice at lower right

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Woman Waiting in Doorway, Venice

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Woman Waiting in Doorway, Venice Oil on paper 8 x 7 1/8 (sight) /8 3/8 x 7 5/8 (actual) Signed Rhoda Holmes at lower left

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Women Kneeling in Prayer

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Women Kneeling in Prayer (two signed sketches on one sheet) Watercolor and graphite on paper 9 x 5 1/8 (window) x 15 x 9 (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes at lower right below each sketch

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice Watercolor and graphite on paper 7 ½ x 4 ½ (window) / 11 ½ x 9 (mat) Estate of the Artist Inscription along bottom reads: ‘Sky grey warmer than Salute’

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Sailboat, Venice

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Sailboat, Venice Watercolor on paper 6 1/8 (window) x 3 5/8/ 11 x7 ½ (mat) Estate of the Artist

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Venetian Scene

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Venetian Scene Pen and ink and ink wash on paper 3 ¼ x 8 5/8 (window)/14 ¾ x 10 ¾ (mat) Initialed R.H.N. at lower left

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Garden Stairs, Italy

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Garden Stairs, Italy Watercolor on paper 9 1/2 x 7 ½ (window) /10 ¼ x 8 ¼ (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes Nicholls at lower left

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Portrait of a Woman

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Portrait of a Woman Watercolor on paper 13 x10 (window)/ 17 ¼ x 14 (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes Nicholls at lower right

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Harbor Scene, Gloucester, MA

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Harbor Scene, Gloucester, MA Gouache on paper 10 ½ x 16 inches (window) / 17 ½ x 22 ¾ (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes Nicholls at lower right

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Church Steeple in an Italian Mountain Landscape

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Church Steeple in an Italian Mountain Landscape Graphite, Pen and ink, and watercolor on paper 4 5/8 x 7 ¼ (window) / 8 ¼ x 10 (mat) Estate of the Artist

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls Reclining Lady with Dog

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Reclining Lady with Dog Watercolor on paper 15 ½ x 12 ¼ (window) /13 x 16 ¼ (mat) Signed Rhoda Holmes Nicholls at lower right