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A place of refuge : Maynard Dixon's Arizona (2008. Auflage)

von Thomas Brent Smith, Donald J. Hagerty, Maynard Dixon

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Western painter Maynard Dixon once pronounced "Arizona" "the magic name of a land bright and mysterious, of sun and sand, of tragedy and stark endeavor." "So long had I dreamed of it," he professed, "that when I came there it was not strange to me. Its sun was my sun; its ground was my ground." The California-born Dixon (1875-1946) first traveled to Arizona in 1900 to absorb what he believed was a vanishing West. Dixon found Arizona a visually inspiring and spiritual place that shaped the course of his paintings and ultimately defined him. A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon's Arizona is the first exhibition to focus solely on the renowned painter's depictions of Arizona subjects. As early as 1903 Dixon referred to Arizona as home. Although he spent most of his life in San Francisco, Dixon lamented to friends that he longed for Arizona and the solitude of the desert, and he frequently traversed the land's varied expanses. In 1939 he made Tucson his winter home and spent his remaining years painting his beloved desert landscape. In the confluence of Arizona's natural and cultural landscapes, Dixon would become one of the West's most distinctive painters, creating a body of work that established his place among the vanguard of artists who portrayed western subjects. Thomas Brent Smith explores Dixon's remarkable departure from traditional depictions of human conflict in the "Old West" rendered by such predecessors as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Charles Schreyvogel. Smith's essay describes this shift in artistic ideology and analyzes the tranquil images that emerged on Dixon's canvases. Donald J. Hagerty's biographical essay highlights Dixon's travels and his affinity for the people and landscape of Arizona.… (mehr)
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Titel:A place of refuge : Maynard Dixon's Arizona
Autoren:Thomas Brent Smith
Weitere Autoren:Donald J. Hagerty, Maynard Dixon
Info:Tucson, Ariz. : Norman, Okla. : Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block ; Distributed by University of Oklahoma Press, c2008.
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In the opening essay, Donald Hagerty, independent scholar and consultant on the art and cultures of the American West, provides a biographical account of Dixon's Arizona years, from 1900 to his death in 1946. Little is said of his youth other than his well known letter to Frederic Remington, whose work he admired, at the age of sixteen.

Thomas Brent Smith, curator of the American West at the Tuscan Museum of Art, in his essay Evading Conflict, takes a critical look at Dixon's work and how he departed from the then traditional depiction of the Old West. He draws interesting parallels and opposites with regard to Frederic Remington. While Remington portrayed both the indigenous and the immigrant population of the West with distain and reproach, Dixon's depictions were sympathetic, his renderings bestowing the Native Americans dignity, the oppressed with power. It is a thoughtful, perceptive and accessible account. Both essays are illustrated with period photographs and the artist's work.

Following the essays is a chronological presentation of Maynard Dixon's work, including the paintings, sketches and a few examples of his graphic work. In total there are over 160 illustrations, all reproduced in colour including the monochrome drawings and photographs. Most of the work is reproduced to a good size, with many full-page and a few double-page spreads, and a few detail images. At least one painting is shown almost actual size; that along with the detail images give a clear picture of Dixon's brush work.

The book provides a detailed list of works and a selected bibliography but does not include an index.

It is a very attractive book, a good size and almost square in format, and while there is inevitably some duplication of pictures with the other readily available Maynard Dixon monograph: Escape to Reality, The Western World of Maynard Dixon by Linda Jones Gibbs, there is also much that is "new"; A Place of Refuge contains well over 130 illustrations of the artists works while Escapes to Reality has about 100. ( )
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Western painter Maynard Dixon once pronounced "Arizona" "the magic name of a land bright and mysterious, of sun and sand, of tragedy and stark endeavor." "So long had I dreamed of it," he professed, "that when I came there it was not strange to me. Its sun was my sun; its ground was my ground." The California-born Dixon (1875-1946) first traveled to Arizona in 1900 to absorb what he believed was a vanishing West. Dixon found Arizona a visually inspiring and spiritual place that shaped the course of his paintings and ultimately defined him. A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon's Arizona is the first exhibition to focus solely on the renowned painter's depictions of Arizona subjects. As early as 1903 Dixon referred to Arizona as home. Although he spent most of his life in San Francisco, Dixon lamented to friends that he longed for Arizona and the solitude of the desert, and he frequently traversed the land's varied expanses. In 1939 he made Tucson his winter home and spent his remaining years painting his beloved desert landscape. In the confluence of Arizona's natural and cultural landscapes, Dixon would become one of the West's most distinctive painters, creating a body of work that established his place among the vanguard of artists who portrayed western subjects. Thomas Brent Smith explores Dixon's remarkable departure from traditional depictions of human conflict in the "Old West" rendered by such predecessors as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Charles Schreyvogel. Smith's essay describes this shift in artistic ideology and analyzes the tranquil images that emerged on Dixon's canvases. Donald J. Hagerty's biographical essay highlights Dixon's travels and his affinity for the people and landscape of Arizona.

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