Maynard Dixon

(1875-1946)

Maynard Dixon, born in 1875, was a largely self-taught artist. He spent three months studying at Mark Hopkins Institute. Dixon decided to send his sketchbook to an artist he highly admired, Fredrick Remington, who encouraged Dixon to pursue his artistic talent. Dixon's first illustration was published in 1893 in "Overland Monthly". He began to work full time in 1895 for the "San Francisco Morning Call" and later the "San Francisco Examiner". Unfortunately, a fire in 1906 destroyed Dixon's body of work. Dixon gained international fame for his western subjects with the sky colors that became his distinctive trademark. An Indian thunderbird was used often as a logo in his work. By the 1920s, Dixon's work turned more to architectural structures and bold masses painted with a dynamic palette. He began to develop a Cubist-Realist style with angular forms and abstract color. However, Dixon painted a series of scenes concentrated on the tragic victims of the Depression during the 1930s that were quite different than his usual style. Dixon died soon after completing a mural of the Grand Canyon in 1946.