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Maynard Dixon
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(Fresno, CA, 1875 - 1946, Tuscon, AZ)
American, 1875-1946 (N. Cal.)
Born on a ranch in Fresno in 1875, Maynard Dixon grew up listening to tales of the Old West (not so long before) told by the older ranch-hands. The West, with its cowboys and Native Americans, would be the subject of much of his life-€™s work. He began his art career as an illustrator for the San Francisco Morning Call and then the Examiner, meanwhile taking classes from Arthur Mathews at the California School of Design. Here he became a close friend of the Tonalist painter Xavier Martinez with whom he traveled to Monterey and Carmel. His home would fluctuate between California and Arizona where he died, in Tucson, at age 71. Married three times, Dixon-€™s most influential spouse was probably photographer Dorothea Lange. Her concern for the migrants of the Depression inspired Dixon to turn from Western scenes to paintings of the struggles of the unemployed and hard-working laborers of the 1930-€™s.


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