1935 Maynard Dixon Oil Painting
Well, this painting was given to my grandparents because Maynard was my grandfather's first cousin. So there's a very personal attachment to it. And Maynard died before I was around, but..
What is the scene?
Well, it's called The Old Stage Station and I really don't know very much about it. I'm thinking it was probably in Arizona, but I don't know.
Well, Maynard Dixon had a really interesting career. He was born in 1875 in California, and in the beginning of his career, up until the '20s, was a fairly commercial artist. And then, after his marriage, actually, to Dorothea Lange, he decided to really break out. And that's in the '20s when he did the fabulous Western scenes with the Navajo and the Hopi Indians and the great, great expanses of the West. They write about Maynard Dixon as really understanding the space and the loneliness of the West, and in this later piece, I think we can see that, too. Maynard Dixon's great period right now is those great Native American scenes of the '20s, from 1920 to 1929. One recently sold for over $1 million. They're estimated often between $300,000 and $600,000. Tremendously valuable paintings. As a later example of his work, I'd estimate the painting at between $30,000 and $50,000.
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