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VERSO
Signed, titled, and dated

A Certificate of Authenticity from Mark Sublette will accompany the lot.

Dixon authority Donald J. Hagerty wrote, “The cottonwood stands alone or in small groves on the barren plains and mesas but will always be near water. It prefers solitude, as did Dixon himself, using it as a symbol in his paintings. In the last fifteen years of his life, Dixon painted over forty canvases depicting the cottonwood, a tree that tolerates little between it and the sun and wind.… When he moved to Tucson in 1940 and constructed a small house at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the planting of a single cottonwood in the patio signified his reverence for the tree. Frequent expeditions to the Rillito area near his home resulted in paintings like Desert Cottonwoods.”

PROVENANCE
Private collection, Reno, Nevada

EXHIBITED
A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon’s Arizona, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, 2008-09

LITERATURE
Thomas Brent Smith, A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon’s Arizona, Tucson Museum of Art, 2008, p. 37, illustrated
Donald J. Hagerty, The Art of Maynard Dixon, Gibbs Smith, 2010, pp. 170, 172, illustrated
Jim Turner, Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State , Gibbs Smith, 2011, p. 280, illustrated

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