1912 Maynard Dixon Oil Painting
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (1999)
$150,000 - $250,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:14)
Paintings & Drawings
Nan Chisholm Fine Art, Ltd.
GUEST: It's from my husband's side of the family. His grandparents are from San Francisco. They were married in 1912 and the date on the picture is 1912. We know they purchased it in San Francisco, and that's where we understand Maynard Dixon went in his journeys as he was a painter.
APPRAISER: Well, you're right. Maynard Dixon was actually born in Fresno, California, and he moved to San Francisco to study art. He was born in 1875. But he didn't really enjoy the academic atmosphere, so after three months, he dropped out of school, and he's really considered a self-taught artist. He was always very independent and unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not go to Europe to study art and he never felt that there was any need to take any inspiration from European artists. By the mid-1890s, his works had appeared in magazines, newspapers and books with such diverse authors as Jack London and Clarence Mulford, who wrote the Hopalong Cassidy series.
APPRAISER: But by 1912, he was beginning to turn away from all this illustrative work and start to concentrate more on his paintings. He's really known best for his landscape painting. Now, in this painting, we have this wonderful calligraphic signature and a date of 1912. And this is still before he adopted a thunderbird logo, which he incorporated into his signature. And we see this panoramic landscape with a single figure which is very predominant in the composition, which is somewhat unusual for Maynard Dixon. The title, which is recorded on the back of the painting, is, I Looked on My Valley and It Was Beautiful. And you asked me if perhaps it was a self-portrait of the artist. I think it may not be, but it very much reflects his attitude towards Western landscape and how much he really loved it. I think at auction that this might bring as much as $20,000 to $30,000, maybe even a bit more.
GUEST: (giggling) Well, isn't that something?
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