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Painting of the Day, December 18, 2011

By Donna Poulton

Maynard Dixon, The Enemy’s Country, 1942. Credit:

"My object has always been to get as close to the real thing as possible- people animals and country. The melodramatic Wild West idea is not for me the big possibility. The more lasting qualities are in the quiet and more broadly human aspects of Western life." - Maynard Dixon

Maynard Dixon, War-Talk, 1942. Credit:

In 1943 a limited edition of 1500 copies of Francis Parkman’s (1823-1893) The Oregon Tail was released. It was illustrated by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) who chose to depict a three-week period during the summer of 1846 when Parkman spent time hunting buffalo with the Oglala Sioux. The illustrations were painted during Dixon’s mature period where he flattened the paint and worked with more minimal compositions.

Maynard Dixon, Running Buffalo, 1942. Credit:

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