The Art of American Southwest Painter Maynard Dixon

The Art of American Southwest Painter Maynard Dixon

Maynard Dixon, a jolly person who could
often be seen wearing full cowboy attire complete with a Stetson hat, boots and
bola tie, was born Henry St. John Dixon and was an American landscape painter
famous for his portraits of the desolate deserts of the American Southwest. Born
on January 24th, 1875 in Fresno, California, Maynard had a mother who
encouraged his drawing as a child. Dixon never had a formal art education
though he did have a few private tutors. He supported himself as an illustrator
for a few San Francisco newspapers until his fame as a landscape painter grew. Around the year 1900 and at the
suggestion of his mentor Charles Loomis, Dixon travelled to see the American West
and ignited a lifelong passion for painting landscapes of Montana, Utah,
Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. After returning to the East Coast and spending
a short period of time there in New York with his first wife Lillian West Toby
and baby daughter Constance, he returned to the west and settled in California.
Shortly thereafter his first marriage came to an end.
His second wife, the famed American photographer Dorothea Lange, had a great
influence on his art. They married in 1920 and had two sons together and over
their 15-year marriage Dixon established his bold and modern-leaning style which
utilized subdued colors, low horizons and vast skies. After divorcing Lange in 1935
Dixon met and married San Francisco muralist Edith Hamlin. They
moved to Utah where Dixon would create his most important and iconic works. Maynard Dixon was an expert at balancing
light and shadow in his compositions. Most of his landscapes were of a
desolate and untouched scene though he did enjoy painting the inhabitants as
well, especially Native Americans and cowboys. These themes would carry through
his art for the remainder of his life. On November 11th, 1946 Dixon passed away at
his winter home and studio in Tucson, Arizona. Dixon’s work is an inspiration
for what a landscape painting has the capacity to be. He worked with a sort of
less-is-more style and because of the restrained views he was able to create
very powerful moving works of art to be treasured for generations to come. All of
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3 thoughts on “The Art of American Southwest Painter Maynard Dixon

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