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The 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition served as a celebration of the newly completed Bay Bridge
and Golden Gate Bridge, centered fittingly on the theme “Pageant of the Pacific.” Held on the artificial island
dubbed Treasure Island, the World’s Fair provided fodder for artists across the country. Maynard Dixon
answered the call and created his two largest murals to date, Grassland and Ploughed Land. At the heart of
Treasure Island towered an eighty foot statue of Pacifica, the goddess of the Pacific, and Dixon’s murals held a
place of prominence on the adjacent buildings. Cattle Drive served as a preliminary design for a portion of the Grassland mural, a key component in Dixon’s artistic process. Art critic Eugen Neuhaus described the murals, saying “Both designs have a charm that results from a clear and simple use of form and color. Dixon here refrains from any new adventures, and these decorations in their straightforwardness reflect qualities long recognized in his easel paintings. The color scale is conscientiously restricted to the warm earth hues characteristic of the palette of the fresco painter.”
In 1941 circumstances lead to the creation of a naval base on Treasure Island, resulting in the destruction of
both murals. While Grassland exists only in memory, Cattle Drive remains, speaking to the stalwart western
spirit that encompassed the larger scale works and standing alone as a powerful piece in its own right.