By 1940, Maynard Dixon was living in Tucson. His asthma and emphysema were worsening and the air in Southern Arizona appeared to be a tonic. He still traveled on occasion, with his wife Edith, to Arizona and Southern Utah, in search of interesting subject matter. Dixon’s late style is spare; the Deco softness and shadings of the 1930‘s have given way to compositions of positive and negative shapes that define areas of light and shadow. As opposed to the waves of paint that made his earlier trees sway, nervous dry brush daubs, dark centers applied over light haloes, make his trees glow. Painted just two months prior to Pearl Harbor, the oncoming storm in Cottonwoods in Storm seems like a harbinger of the war that was rolling in. Against this turbulence the autumn yellow trees seem even more brilliant and the unperturbed horses that graze beneath them seem even more poignant.
In excellent condition. No apparent evidence of inpaint under UV light. No problems to note.
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