Artwork of the Week: October 20, 2019
Maynard Dixon (1875 – 1946), Forgotten Man, 1934, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1937.
While Maynard Dixon is best known for painting landscapes, during the Great Depression he was moved to paint his “Forgotten Man” series. These paintings were not only an exploration in empathy, but a way of expressing the artist’s own anxieties, as art commissions dried up in the wake of the economic calamity. At times Dixon must have felt like this man, ignored and alone.
Forgotten Man is currently on display at the MOA in the exhibition Becoming America.