Thirteen paintings and drawings by one of America’s premier painters, Maynard Dixon (1875-1946, will highlight a strong catalogue of artworks at the 16th annual Scottsdale Art Auction, to be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2020..
Spanning 50 years of Dixon’s storied career, from 1895 to 1945, these thirteen works also demonstrate the artist’s development as he absorbed and transcended the various artistic approaches of his times, making them his own as he worked toward his inimitable, mature style.
From works of pure illustration, to Art Nouveau and Brandywine inflected drawings and paintings, to works that draw on Dixon’s participation in the mural movement, to important major oils that give the American West a modernist twist, the 2020 Scottsdale Art Auction will remind us of Maynard Dixon’s place at the nexus of American art in the first half of the 20th century.
His friendships with artists as diverse as Charles M. Russell and Diego Rivera, among many others, and his marriage to famed Depression photographer Dorothea Lange brought him into the sweep of American history, and his keen understanding of the currents of modernism both here and in Europe take his work far beyond the realm of Western art.
Trail Herd transforms a dusty cattle drive into a classical, heroic frieze of stoic skill and hard work while Neolithic Afternoon is the artist’s richly-hued post-impressionist reverie of ancient California.
Other notable Dixons are Deserted Sheep Range (estimate: $150-250,000-), a wonderfully composed meditation on the ravages of the Dust Bowl, the craggy bird’s eye view of West Walls of Zion (estimate: $100-150,000-), the brooding Winter Landscape (estimate: $100-150,000-) and the sculpted, muralistic action scene, Saddle Stock (estimate: $45-65,000-).