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Artwork of the Week: Lazy Autumn

Lay Autumn
Sept. 18: Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), 'Lazy Autumn,' 1943, oil on canvas, 64.5 x 76.2 cm. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Gene L. Jones and Hazel Anna Smith.

In 1939, Dixon and his wife built a home in Mt. Carmel, Utah. Here they admired the natural landscape of the area until his death in 1946. This quintessentially Utahn scene portrays Native Americans as part of the natural landscape. The land absorbs the diminutive forms of the individuals, and the earth tones and shape of the tepee echo the mesa in the background. Dixon's ample use of crisp lines, bright colors, and a cloudless sky remind locals why they love this peaceful paradise, and may perhaps inspire others to witness the area’s beauty for themselves.

Be sure to check out more Dixonian treasures at our current exhibit- Maynard Dixon: Searching for a Home- before it closes on October 7, 2023!

Guest author: Curatorial intern Tessa Haney

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