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The Life of Maynard Dixon Hardcover – 20 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423603796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423603795
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,061,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the beginning, Dixon was different an authentic, iconoclastic, self-created individual. Disdainful and bothered, yet intrigued and involved by the self-absorbed onslaught of modernism in the art world, he developed enduring themes by the 1920s: the timeless truth of the majestic western landscape, the religious mysticism of the Native American, and the people of the American West. From 1900 to his death in 1946, Dixon roamed the plains, mesas, and deserts of the West drawing, painting, and expressing his creative personality in poems, essays, and letters in an attempt to uncover the region's spirit. Donald J. Hagerty details the life of one of America's most beloved and renowned Western artists and his contribution to the artistic world. Written in a very personal style, this biography includes anecdotes from Dixon's children and friends, historical vignettes, ancestral details, and interviews with a variety of those who knew the artist. It is a valuable acquisition for anyone who appreciates the life and art of Maynard Dixon.

Donald J. Hagerty is an independent scholar and consultant on the arts and cultures of the American West. He is the author of many publications on Maynard Dixon and other artists, both historic and contemporary. He has organized numerous museum exhibitions and is a frequent lecturer for libraries, museums, and galleries. His companion monograph, The Art of Maynard Dixon, is forthcoming. Hagerty and his wife live in Davis, California.

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His will was immovable and his word once given was sacred. No man who knew him cared to question it and the few who did got into trouble. A gentleman's word, he would say, is as good as his bond.

Grant Wallace, author of Maynard Dixon: Painter and Poet of the Far West.

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We visited Maynard Dixon's Studio last year on our visit to Arizona and Utah and wanted this book to see more of his art.
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