The Art of Maynard Dixon

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An active and outspoken, sometimes a cantankerous, participant in the life of San Francisco and the West, painter Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) developed enduring themes: the majestic western landscape, the mysticism of the Native American, and (briefly, during the Great Depression) people caught in the grip of economic and social hardship. Profusely illustrated with numerous new images of paintings and other artwork, this book traces the emergence of Dixon as a transitional figure in the art history of America. ...

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Overview

An active and outspoken, sometimes a cantankerous, participant in the life of San Francisco and the West, painter Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) developed enduring themes: the majestic western landscape, the mysticism of the Native American, and (briefly, during the Great Depression) people caught in the grip of economic and social hardship. Profusely illustrated with numerous new images of paintings and other artwork, this book traces the emergence of Dixon as a transitional figure in the art history of America. Poems, letters, and essays written by Dixon support his responses to the dynamic changes in American art from the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hagerty is the leading expert on Maynard Dixon; he's published and contributed to several books about the artist's life and work (e.g., The Life of Maynard Dixon) and lectured on him. He could also be Dixon's biggest fan, having built a sizable personal collection of Dixon's letters, sketches, books, and magazine illustrations. This volume is filled with images of sun-drenched cowboys and steer, dramatic terrain and big skies, horses, Native Americans, and desert shelters. However, the chapter "The Depression Years: Hard Times and New Images" offers readers a reprieve from the heat of Dixon's desert scenes to focus on his paintings of the many who were overworked and underpaid, displaced, lost, and forgotten during the Great Depression. VERDICT This is a great book for Dixon's fans as well as those who like the Western aesthetic or are interested in early 20th-century American history.—Jennifer H. Pollock, Coll. of DAAP Lib., Univ. of Cincinnati, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603801
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 540,368
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald J Hagerty, is a teacher and administrator at the University of California at Davis. This comprehensive monograpd on Maynard Dixon is the product of fifteen years of research. It reflects the cooperation of Dixon's family, musuems, galleries, libraries and collectors around the country.
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From 1900 until his death in 1946, Maynard Dixon ventured into the physical and cultural landscapes of the American West, drawing, painting, and writing poetry and letters in what ultimately became a quest to uncover the regions spirit. An active, outspoken, and sometimes cantankerous participant in America and the Wests cultural life, he would develop the most enduring themes in his art by the 1920s: the haunting western landscape, the religious mysticism of the Native American, and (briefly, during the Great Depression) images of dislocated people trampled by economic and social forces.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword by Gary F. Kurutz 8

Introduction: Finding a Place 9

1 Foundations: From Illustrator to Painter 13

2 Inhabiting Space: People of the West 49

3 Seeking Truth: The Dance between Modernism and Realism 109

4 Cloud Worlds: The Majestic Western Landscape 131

5 The Depression Years: Hard Times and New Images 189

6 Final Years: Reflection and Repose 215

Bibliography 249

Index 252

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