Two from the Wild West

July 14, 2016 § 2 Comments


Francis McComas | Taos Houses (circa 1910-20)

HALF OF THE two-part show of iconic western images now on view in San Francisco is at the Legion of Honor. It’s called Wild West: Plains to the Pacific, and is intentionally a mixed bag. Two paintings stand out.

Taos Houses, a “watercolor with wiping” by Francis McComas, one of California’s early tonalist painters, is a beautiful painting that manages to be both tonalist and alive with color.

Hanging around the corner in the same golden palette is an early Maynard Dixon, Corral Dust, from 1915.


Maynard Dixon | Corral Dust (1915)


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§ 2 Responses to Two from the Wild West

  • Maynard Dixon is most likely my favorite western artist and has inspired much of my own western art. His 17-foot-wide “Red Butte With Mountain Men,” at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA is a show stopper. It came from a steakhouse in San Francisco. I’d love to visit this new exhibition in that city.

  • Swan Brown says:

    Thanks Tom – very interesting – McComas – lovely!

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