Michener Art Museum

Roy C. Nuse

Photograph of Roy Nuse, 1971, by Robin Nuse
BORN: February 23, 1885, Springfield, Ohio
DIED: January 25, 1975, Rushland, Pennsylvania

Dad was not affected by the fashions of the moment. He always believed in the reality of nature and trying to establish some rapport with it.--Oliver Nuse, painter

Roy C. Nuse's paintings, identified with the Pennsylvania impressionists, reflected his traditional training from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he also taught for twenty-one years. Nuse was influenced by his teacher, Frank Duveneck, whose "Munich style" portrayed picturesque people and everyday life. Themes in Nuse's paintings focused on the chores of the farm, and those who toiled on it. Nuse worked in oils on figurative and landscape paintings using subjects from his Bucks County surroundings. He enjoyed painting family themes, using his own six children, everybody in his extended family, and the children of his friends. Nuse was described as an artist and teacher who "glorified the timeless". He paid no mind to the abstract art movement fashionable in his time. He resisted the intrusion of technology, namely the telephone and television. He enjoyed renown as a portrait painter and received many commissions. Nuse also carved his own frames. In addition to teaching at the Academy, Nuse taught at a variety of institutions throughout his life including Oberlin College, Beaver College (where he was the Director of Fine Arts), and the Cincinnati Art Academy. In 2002, the James A. Michener Art Museum held a major retrospective exhibtion of Nuse's work called Roy C. Nuse: Figures and Landscapes.