Dora Erickson, Dakota Hotel, 1933-1934, oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain, L34.2
This work is not currently on view.
oil on canvas
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
35 7/8 in x 29 1/2 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature: D. Erickson, brushed, lower right
- Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary Art; Northwest Art
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
- Accession Number
Dora Erikson’s Dakota Hotel perfectly captures the atmosphere and stillness of a starlit night on the prairie. The sparseness and simplicity of her technique is ideally matched to her raw, rural subject matter. The figures, each lost in their own thoughts, seem as peaceful as the horses that graze in the pasture. Beyond stretch what seem like limitless land and sky. Little is known about Erikson, who studied with Harry Wentz at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) and also attended the Arts Students League in New York. Another of her works, Open Air Concert, can be seen at Timberline Lodge.