Watchers from the housetop

Taos, New Mexico: The 1930s

 Maynard Dixon spent September 1931 through January 1932 in New Mexico with his second wife and documentary photographer Dorothea Lange and their children, in a home provided by New Mexican socialite and philanthropist, Mabel Dodge Luhan. During this time, Dixon produced some of his finest artworks, painting more than 40 canvases. Dixon had declined a previous invitation from the Taos Society of Artists to join their exclusive organization. The artist felt that their exhibition policies were too rigid for his highly individualistic style as a self taught artist and promoter of his own artwork.

Watchers from the Housetops, from 1931, is a masterpiece from Taos that was traded to his Tucson pulmonologist for ongoing services. It resides today in the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum.

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