Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946

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Mural painter (San Francisco, Calif.).

From the description of Maynard Dixon papers, 1891-1974. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565534

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) was one of the premier illustrators, painters, and muralists of his time, concentrating largely on the Indians and deserts of the Southwest.

From the description of Maynard Dixon ephemera. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 156976998

California artist.

From the description of Maynard Dixon papers, [ca. 1896-1946]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 227535093

Painter, of San Francisco, Calif., later of Tucson, Ariz., and Mount Carmel, Utah, known for his easel and mural paintings of the American Southwest.

From the description of Papers, 1906-1946. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 28419957

Biography

Maynard Dixon, illustrator and artist, born in Fresno in 1875, was exposed from childhood to the great outdoors of the high Sierra and to the wilderness of Kern River Canyon. A lonely child, he started drawing from nature, guided by engravings in early periodicals such as Scribners, Harpers, and the Century Magazine. In 1893 he attended for a short while the San Francisco School of Design, where he met Xavier Martinez and other artists. Largely self-taught and greatly influenced by Frederic Remington, he sold his first illustration to the San Francisco Call in 1895, and later was employed by that newspaper. At this time he also did illustrations for the Overland Monthly, and held his first exhibit in San Francisco. Encouraged by Charles F. Lummis, he also attempted writing verse, an avocation he was to pursue throughout his life.

In 1900 Dixon transferred to the San Francisco Examiner, and took his first trip to Arizona and New Mexico, whose land and people he was to portray so vividly in his sketches, and later in his paintings and murals. He led a tumultuous life, involved in the literary and artistic worlds of the time, often on the move, travelling to Nevada and the Southwest. He decided to abandon commercial work in 1921 in favor of continuing his paintings, and was commissioned to paint murals for many public buildings in San Francisco and elsewhere. In the 1930s he became involved with the WPA Art Project. It was at this time that, stirred by the sad plight of the strikers and migrant laborers, he used them as subjects for his paintings. He attained stature as a painter of the outdoors, the Indians of the Southwest, cowboys and bronco busters. He died in 1946.

From the guide to the Maynard Dixon Papers, [ca. 1896-1946], (The Bancroft Library)

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referencedIn Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976,. Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pease, Lute, 1869-1963. Papers of Lute Pease, 1856-1965 (bulk 1865-1939). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Siegriest, 1899-1989. Oral history interview with Louis Siegriest, 1975 Apr. 5. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Thomson, Herbert James, d. 1942. Letters and photographs. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928. Lummis correspondence series papers, 1880-1928 / Chas. F. Lummis. Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
creatorOf Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928. Lummis correspondence series papers, 1880-1928 / Chas. F. Lummis. Southwest Museum, Braun Research Library
creatorOf James, Charles Sexton. Maynard Dixon biographical sketch and miscellany, 1906-1946. California Historical Society
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard. [Maynard Dixon] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Papers, 1906-1946. California Historical Society
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon ephemera. California State Library
referencedIn Maynard Dixon Papers, [ca. 1896-1946] Bancroft Library
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Davis, Jennie Cook, 1851-1946. Papers of Jennie Cook Davis, 1885-1992 (bulk 1917-1942) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Wallace, Grant. Maynard Dixon, 1875-1946 : typescript / by Grant Wallace, 1937. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers : and related material, ca. 1901-1985. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Hoffman, Elwyn Irving. Papers of Elwyn Irving Hoffman, 1893-1947. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Art Poster File, [1890]-1910, (bulk 1895-1896) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
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creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Collection of original typescript poems, magazine cover illustrations, biographical & bibliographical items and published materials, 1896-1935. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Hagerty, Donald J. Edith Hamlin : a California artist, 1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. [Humorous scene from a menu of Coppa's Restaurant, San Francisco, Calif.] [graphic] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material Bancroft Library
referencedIn Eugene Manlove Rhodes papers, 1914-1942 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909,. Photographs, circa 1900s. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990. Ernst Bacon papers, 1926-1990. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Kihn, W. Langdon. W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958. Papers of Fred Lockley, 1859-1950. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Lange, Dorothea. Dorothea Lange : the making of a documentary photographer. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Gwyneth Harrington Papers, 1934-1962 Arizona State Museum
creatorOf Ansbro, Matthew C. Grace Carpenter Hudson/Maynard Dixon correspondence and memorabilia, 1907-1931. California State Library
referencedIn Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf DIXON, MAYNARD. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn California State University, Dominguez Hills. University Art Gallery. University Art Gallery Collection, 1928-2008, 1998-1999 California State University, Dominguez Hills, CSUDH
referencedIn Bacon, Ernst. Papers, 1926-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn University Art Gallery Collection, 1928-2008, [1998-1999] California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Hagerty, Donald J. Edith Hamlin : a California artist : interview transcript, 1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982, bulk 1920s-1930s The Huntington Library
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon letter : ALS, San Francisco, to Rydu, 1927 March 3. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Strong, Ray, 1905-. Oral history interview with Ray Strong, 1993 Sept. 14 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941. Albert M. Bender papers, 1909-1941. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Artists clippings : "GROUP" folder 1896-2004 Monterey Public Library
referencedIn Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. Papers, 1914-1942. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Strong, Ray, 1905-. Oral history interview with Ray Strong, 1993 Sept. 14 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn London, Jack, 1876-1916. Jack London papers, 1897-1916. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn W. Landgon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Automobile Club of Southern California,. Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982 (bulk 1920s-1930s) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Jack London Papers, 1897 - 1916 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Treadwell, Sophie, 1890-1970. Papers of Sophie Treadwell, ca. 1860-1970, (bulk 1910-1960). University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Burnside, Wesley M., 1918-. Wesley M. Burnside research materials, 1935-1974. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Maynard Dixon Papers, [ca. 1896-1946] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Lange, Dorothea. [Portrait of Maynard Dixon in Taos, New Mexico] [graphic] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Dixon, Maynard : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, 1891-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, [ca. 1896-1946]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ryan, Beatrice Judd, ca. 1880-1966. The bridge between then and now, circa 1959. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969. Otis Oldfield papers, 1910-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lummis, Charles, 1859-1928. Charles Fletcher Lummis Manuscript Collection 1879-1928 [manuscript materials] : at the Autry National Center / Charles Fletcher Lummis. Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Sunset : A magazine of the border, 1903 February ; periodical cover print. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
correspondedWith Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902- person
associatedWith Arizona Highways person
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associatedWith Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941. person
associatedWith Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. person
associatedWith Browne, F. G. (Francis Granger), b. 1868. person
correspondedWith Browne, Francis Granger, 1868- person
associatedWith Brugge, David M. person
associatedWith Buff, Conrad, b. 1886. person
associatedWith Burnside, Wesley M., 1918- person
associatedWith California State Library. corporateBody
associatedWith California. State Library, Sacramento corporateBody
associatedWith California State University, Dominguez Hills. University Art Gallery corporateBody
correspondedWith Carlson, Raymond, 1906- person
associatedWith Carlson, Raymond, 1906-1983. person
correspondedWith Charlie Russell person
associatedWith Clark, Herald Ray, 1890- person
correspondedWith Clark, Herlad Ray, 1890- person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Coppa's Restaurant (San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Cuddy, John person
correspondedWith Cunningham, Imogen, 1883- person
associatedWith Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976, person
associatedWith Curran, Charles Courtney, 1861- person
associatedWith Davis, Jennie Cook, 1851-1946. person
associatedWith Davis, Robert Hobart, 1869-1942. person
associatedWith De Young (M. H.) Memorial Museum, San Francisco corporateBody
associatedWith Dixon, Edith Hamlin. person
correspondedWith Dixon, Maynard person
associatedWith Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. person
correspondedWith Edith Hamlin Dixon. person
correspondedWith Fleishhacker, Herbert, 1872-1968 person
correspondedWith Fred S. McCaxgar person
correspondedWith Garnett, Edna (Foote) person
correspondedWith Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951 person
correspondedWith Gillis, Mabel Ray, 1882- person
associatedWith Grant Wallace person
associatedWith Hagerty, Donald J. person
correspondedWith Hall, Sharlot Mabridth, 1870- person
correspondedWith Hamlin, Edith person
correspondedWith Hanna, Phil Townsend, 1896- person
correspondedWith Harrington, Gwyneth Browne, 1894-1978 person
associatedWith Hart, James D. (James David), 1911-1990. person
correspondedWith Herbert Fleishhacker person
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correspondedWith Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864- person
associatedWith Hoffman, Elwyn Irving. person
associatedWith Honeyman, Robert B. person
correspondedWith Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. corporateBody
correspondedWith Huntington Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Ilsley, Philip. person
associatedWith Indian Defense Association of Central and Northern California corporateBody
correspondedWith James B. Rankin person
associatedWith James, Charles Sexton. person
associatedWith Kihn, W. Langdon. person
correspondedWith Kurtzworth, Harry Muir, 1887- person
associatedWith Lange, Dorothea. person
associatedWith Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958. person
associatedWith London, Jack, 1876-1916. person
associatedWith Los Angeles Art Association corporateBody
associatedWith Los Angeles Grand Opera Association corporateBody
correspondedWith Los Angeles Southwest Museum. corporateBody
correspondedWith Los Angeles South West Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Lummis, Charles, 1859-1928. person
correspondedWith Mabel R. Gillis person
correspondedWith Macbeth, Robert W. person
associatedWith Macbeth, Robert W. (Robert Walker), 1884-1940. person
correspondedWith Mark Van Doren person
correspondedWith Maynard Dixon person
associatedWith Maynard Dixon, person
correspondedWith Merle Armitage person
associatedWith M.H. De Young Memorial Museum. corporateBody
correspondedWith Millier, Arthur Henry Thomas, 1893- person
associatedWith Minnigerode, C. Powell. person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
correspondedWith Mora, Joseph Jacinto, 1876-1947 person
correspondedWith Morley, Grace Louise (McCann), 1900- person
correspondedWith Mr. George Macy. person
correspondedWith Mr. Hubbell person
correspondedWith Mrs. Dixon. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nation corporateBody
associatedWith National Academy of Design person
correspondedWith National Cowboy Hall of Fame. corporateBody
associatedWith Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
correspondedWith Partridge, Roi, 1888- person
associatedWith Pease, Lute, 1869-1963. person
correspondedWith Philip Mills Jones person
correspondedWith Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872- person
associatedWith Raine, William MacLeod, 1871-1954 person
correspondedWith Raymond Carlson person
correspondedWith Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909 person
correspondedWith Renner, Frederic Gordon, 1897- person
associatedWith Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. person
associatedWith Rhodes, May D. person
correspondedWith Russell, Charles Marion, 1865-1926 person
associatedWith Ryan, Beatrice Judd, ca. 1880-1966. person
associatedWith Siegriest, 1899-1989 person
correspondedWith Sinel, Jo person
correspondedWith Smith, Erwin Evans, 1886-1947 person
associatedWith Strong, Ray, 1905- person
correspondedWith Taylor, Edward De Witt person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomson, Herbert James, d. 1942. person
correspondedWith Tobin, Frank S. person
associatedWith Toor, Frances, 1890-1956. person
associatedWith Treadwell, Sophie, 1890-1970. person
correspondedWith Van Doren, Mark, 1894- person
associatedWith Wallace, Grant. person
correspondedWith Watson Hill person
associatedWith Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
San Francisco (Calif.)
Tucson (Ariz.)
California
San Francisco (Calif.)
United States
Arizona
California
Mount Carmel (Utah)
San Francisco (Calif.)
California--San Francisco
California--San Francisco
Utah
Southwest, New, in art
United States
California
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Art, American
Fables--Juvenile literature
Art museums
Children's stories, American
Poets, American--20th century--Biography
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Poets, American
Artists as authors
Landscape painting, American
Poetry
Indians of North America--Juvenile fiction
Artists
Muralists
Illustrators
Illustrators, American
Restaurants--Pictorial works
Publishers and publishing--Biography
Painting--Catalogs
Artists--Correspondence
Indians of North America--Anecdotes
Artists, American
Indians of North America--Clothing
Occupation
Artists--United States
Artists
Painters--United States
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Birth 1875-01-24

Death 1946-11-11

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