Tucson, Arizona & Mount Carmel, Utah The Final Years: 1940-1946

In the final years of his life in Tucson, Arizona, Maynard Dixon created his canvases with a sparing use of paint and a subdued color palette. His days in Tucson involved working in the home studio, fleshing out larger oils, or as his health would permit, painting the local desert with his third wife, artist Edith Hamlin, at his side, as she worked on her own pieces.  

In 1939, Dixon and Hamlin purchased land in Mount Carmel, Utah, where the following year they built their summer home. Quite a few of the couple’s paintings share the same subject matter, with Hamlin often placing a small human or animal figure to give scale to her compositions, and Dixon choosing to edit his images, keeping his paintings free of clutter that did not add anything to the overall composition. 

In 1945, Dixon made his last trip to their Mount Carmel home, where he stayed for only three weeks, returning to Tucson due to Utah’s altitude and his poor lung condition. In 1946, Maynard Dixon died in Tucson, Arizona, from a heart attack that was brought on by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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