Maynard Dixon, 1933
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 had very specific ideas about the ideological components of the West. His landscapes such as “The Plains,” with its broad horizons and wide open spaces, perpetuated into the 20th century the notion of the West as a national symbol of limitless opportunity and freedom.