Maynard Dixon, 1946
In this work Dixon demonstrates his mastery of composition. The complex landscape formations have been simplified and depicted in bold color against the blue sky. The sage bushes in the foreground lead the viewer’s eye toward the wagon driver as the focal point of the painting. This work was completed in the year of Dixon’s death and depicts a solitary figure in a wagon moving away from the viewer against a brilliantly lit red canyon at sunset. This is a poignant tribute to Dixon, a loner who preferred the solitude of the desert to the commotion of city life. He was thrilled by the quiet majesty of the desert landscape and often depicted figures dwarfed by dramatic vistas of mesas, buttes, and clouds.