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Monday, June 24, 2024 at 3:40 PM

Maynard Dixon Exhibit Not to be Missed

Maynard Dixon Exhibit Not to be Missed
One of the Nevada-inspired, Maynard Dixon paintings on exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Author: Larry Neel

Nevada friends, you simply MUST take in the Maynard Dixon exhibit now showing at the Nevada Museum of Art through July 28, 2024. Exhibits of this size and quality do not come through our region very often and this one is all about the rural Nevada you love. 

Dixon (January 24, 1875 – November 11, 1946) was known for his paintings focused on the American West, and traveled extensively through Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and Eastern Sierra from 1901 to 1939 to paint and sketch the striking landscapes of the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. 

The exhibit, “Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada” showcases Dixon’s favorite subjects, old homesteads, wild horses, and stands of cottonwood trees. 

The dark earth pigments are so rich, I was flabbergasted by the depth in his shadows. When we look at his works printed on paper our eyes are drawn to the sunlit regions; when we walk up to the paintings those rich brown pigments ooze out of the shadows and grab us by the eyeballs. I wasn’t expecting them.

It is just exhilarating to consider the brushwork and see the hand of the man in it. There must be a hundred pieces. Make plans to go soon.

 


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