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    PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT TEXAS COLLECTOR

    MAYNARD DIXON (American, 1875-1946)
    Illustration for "Oregon Trail" 1943
    Pen and ink on paper
    4-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches (11.4 x 19.1 cm) window
    Initialed lower left: MD

    LITERATURE:
    Parkman, F. Oregon Trail, pg. 47, 1943.

    PROVENANCE:
    Philip Johnson Collection.

    Maynard Dixon gained fame as an innovative artist who depicted the mountains, deserts, and people of the American West in a truly unique style. Early in his career he wrote to famed western artist Frederic Remington asking for advice on how to enhance his artistic talents best and achieve success as a painter. Remington replied that the young artist should resist following in the footsteps of others and instead develop his own particular style. At the time, Dixon was primarily working as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers published in New York, where he had established a studio. After spending a few years in New York, Dixon returned to his native California to pursue painting the West as he saw it, not as his New York editors envisioned the region.

    Dixon was a prolific artist and worked in a number of different media, from watercolor to pen and ink to oils. Although he devoted most of his artistic endeavors to easel paintings after his return to California, he continued to earn a portion of his living through illustrations. In the 1940s he was chosen to illustrate one of the most influential and popular histories of the American West, Francis Parkman's "Oregon Trail." In doing so, Dixon followed some of the West's most important artists, Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth, Charles M. Russell, and Thomas Hart Benton, all of whom provided illustrations for earlier editions of the work. These two small Dixon works show the diversity of Dixon's talents, from the precise rendering of a covered wagon heading west, an illustration that appeared in "The Oregon Trail," to the loose and free flowing pencil drawing of wild horses running. Dixon was as much a master at producing the small glimpses of western life, as he was at painting grander canvases of the western landscape


    Condition Report*: Visibly in very good condition with no issues regarding the image or paper.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    20th Saturday
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