Maynard Dixon, 1934
In the summer of 1900, Maynard Dixon journeyed into the Southwest from his native California, traveling “Eastward to see the West.” It was the first of many trips he would make during his lifetime to sketch and paint in the often remote western regions of the country. In the dramatic scenery and profound silences of what he called “my western world,” Dixon found what he referred to on numerous occasions as “the Real Thing.” (Excerpt taken from Escape to Reality: The Western World of Maynard Dixon)
Dixon made his first trip to Utah in 1933, exploring Zion National Park and its environs with his wife, Dorothea Lange, and their two young sons, Daniel and John. This is one of more than forty canvases he painted in the two months he traveled the region.