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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. 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.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||12.30(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
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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.
Table of Contents
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