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Artwork of the Week

Artwork of the Week: Val Tait

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), Val Tait
Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), 'Val Tait,' 1933, oil on canvas board, 19 3/4 x 16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1937.

Dixon captured the strong features of this Mormon rancher and farmer from Mount Carmel, Utah, during a summer of painting the area around Zion National Park. Six years later, Maynard and his wife Edith purchased land and built a summer home in this picturesque town. “Mormons are simple honest farming people,” Dixon wrote to a friend in 1939. “We like them.”

Come see this portrait and many other paintings by Maynard Dixon on display at the BYU Museum of Art through September 23, 2023.

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