"The art of Maynard Dixon is about the land. The color, temperature, intensity, and vastness of the desert were his subjects; the rhythms and forces of nature were his themes. To experience Dixon's work over time and in quantity is to refresh our own senses and to remember our own fundamental connection with earth and sky. We might call him a poet and a politician in addition to painter, such is Dixon's power to enable us to feel both the energy and the elegance of our own geography and by extension, to reflect upon the importance of the earth to virtually everything we do."
Release date: Monday, November 6th, 2006
One hundred years ago, a solitary figure roamed the desert seeking to capture the endless sky and towering mesas in paint and poetry. His vision of the West was matchless. Maynard Dixon survived the destruction of San Francisco city by earthquake and fire, the Great Depression and the civilizing of the West. He spent over two decades sketching it for western novels, and then decades more on a quest to find and portray it: the "real" West-the vast space, intense silence, and profound spirit of the land and people of the American Desert. KUED-Channel 7 profiles the life and art of Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), one of the most influential, yet lesser known, western artists of the early 20th century, in Maynard Dixon: To the Desert Again.
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