Home of the desert rat

Arizona & New Mexico 1900-1905

In July 1900, Maynard Dixon traveled for the first time “East to see the real West,” as his mentor Charles Lummis had encouraged him to do. Lummis, a well-known journalist whom Dixon met in 1895, became one of the most important people in his life — a man the artist believed provided him with the confidence in his own ideas that he needed to survive in the commercial art world. Dixon followed Lummis’ advice and traveled to Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Dixon would return to Arizona throughout his lifetime, ultimately making Tucson his final home. His Arizona paintings represent his entire repertoire of artistic styles that he employed during his prolific career. Dixon’s trips lasted weeks, even months, and provided the artist with inspirational material to create his artwork. He made hundreds of small drawings and sketches on his trips, annotating them with the year, location and even colors. He also rendered field sketches in oil, some highly finished and others quickly drawn. Dixon painted most of his larger canvases, those 25 by 30 inches or larger, in the studio after his return from a trip, working from drawings and sketches.

Maynard Dixon’s American West- Sponsor’s Panel
  1. Introduction
  2. Illustrations
  3. Arizona & New Mexico 1900-1905
  4. Kit Carson
  5. Montana 1909 & 1917
  6. Arizona & Major Artworks: The 1920s
  7. Tempe & The Apache Lands 1915
  8. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
  9. The Depression Era & Boulder (Hoover) Dam, Arizona
  10. Taos, New Mexico: The 1930s
  11. Tucson, Arizona & Mount Carmel, Utah The Final Years: 1940-1946
  12. Edith Hamlin 1902 Oakland, California – 1992 San Francisco, California
  13. The Oregon Trail
  14. Poetry