Colorado & Regional Art

The Nixie of the Mill-Pond

The Nixie of the Mill-Pond

Year probably 1940s

Artist Archie Musick (1902–1978, American)

Media egg tempera on panel

Dimensions 24 x 19 1/4 inches

Archie Musick was born in Utah in 1902. Musick studied with well-known American painters including praised regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, Stanton McDonald-Wright and Boardman Robinson. Musick painted primarily in a surreal style, depicting imagined landscapes showcasing his longstanding interest in the human mind and philosophy. In response to his style, Musick once remarked, “the literal fashion doesn’t interest me at all.” Musick taught art at the Cheyenne Mountain School District for more than twenty years, also teaching at the University of Colorado. He had several solo exhibitions in both Colorado and Arizona. Musick published a few books, including a children’s book and a book on the individuals he encountered within the Colorado Springs art scene, Musick Medley: Intimate Memories of a Rocky Mountain Art Colony. Musick retired in 1969 and continued to paint until the end of his life in 1978.

Not currently on view

Signature Signed "A. Musick" lower right corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2012.0618