Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from BYU and Private Collections

The PMCA celebrates the fifth-year anniversary of our opening with an exhibition and premiere of a documentary honoring renowned California painter Maynard Dixon (1875–1946). Dixon was a fixture in the Northern California art world in the early part of the century, known for his landscapes and portraits, particularly during the Great Depression. His marriage to photographer Dorothea Lange and his move later in life to the Utah desert influenced the subjects and style of his work. His modernist approach to painting Western landscapes featured simple compositions and powerful color fields that shifted the genre away from the more typically sentimental treatment of familiar subject matter. The largest and best single collection of Dixon paintings resides at the Brigham Young University Art Museum and through the generosity of that institution, 47 paintings and 6 drawings will travel to the PMCA. This exhibition marks the first time this body of work has been exhibited in California since Dixon sold the work to a BYU professor in the 1940s.