Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966)

Biography

During the Golden Age of Illustration, Maxfield Parrish’s “beautiful settings and charming figures” enchanted the American public. His work includes immense murals in office buildings and hotels, magazine covers, and advertisements as well as his book illustrations.

Many of his illustrations to children’s books, still popular today, are the result of his struggle to make a living as an artist in his early years around the turn of the 20th century.

In 1900, Parrish contracted tuberculosis, and then suffered a nervous breakdown. Around that time, he switched from illustrations to oil painting. His oil paintings became very popular, with their brilliant colors and magical luminosity, until well into the 1940s. To achieve these magical effects, he would apply numerous layers of thin, transparent oil, alternating with varnish over stretched paper, a painstaking process that achieved both high luminosity and extraordinary detail.

The tuberculosis hung on and Parrish went to Arizona to convalesce in the dry heat there. While in Arizona, he was commissioned to do a series of landscapes. He began painting and traveling on commission and his career took off.

From the 1930s until 1960, when he stopped painting, Maxfield Parrish refocused his attention on the world around him, producing a series of calendar landscapes. Yet even these retain the magical, window-to-the-otherworld quality that permeates all of his work.

Parrish died at 95 in 1966, at a time when his work was enjoying a renaissance of interest.

Charles Bragg, Jury

Charles Bragg
Jury
Limited edition etching
Image size: 10 X 14
Framed size: 17 X 21
$300

Maxfield Parrish, Daybreak

Maxfield Parrish
Daybreak
Lithograph
Image size: 9.5 X 17.5
Framed size: 12.5 X 20.5
$400

Maxfield Parrish, Dinkey Bird

Maxfield Parrish
Dinkey Bird
Lithograph
Image size: 14 X 11
Framed size: 15.75 X 12.75
$300

Fred Uhl Ball, Portrait of Jerry Silva

Fred Uhl Ball
Portrait Of Jerry Silva
Enamel on copper
Image size: 5.5 X 5.5
Framed size: 14 X 14.5
$400

James Estey, Unknown, 1975

James Estey
Untitled, 1975
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 41.5 X 35.5
Framed size: 44.5 X 34.25
$3000

James Estey, Unknown, 1975

James Estey
Untitled, 1975
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 22 X 30
Framed size: 31.5 X 37
$2500

E.G. Starr, Unknown

E.G. Starr
Unknown
Watercolor
Image size: 14.5 X 20.75
Framed size: 23 X 29.25
$2500

Jerald Silva, Unknown, 1973

Jerald Silva
Unknown, 1973
Graphite and watercolor
Image size: 20 X 14
Framed size: 29 X 23
$2000

Alan Post, Night Sitter, 1976

Alan Post
Night Sitter, 1976
Oil on canvas
Image size: 19.5 X 19.5
Framed size: 21.75 X 21.75
$2500

Jose Luis Cuevas, The Poet In The Diningroom

Jose Luis Cuevas
The Poet In The Dining Room
Limited edition lithograph 20/100
Image size: 22.5 X 29.5
Framed size: 32 X 39
$500

Juan Romero, Unknown, 1974

Juan Romero
Unknown, 1974
Serigraph
Image size: 14 X 9.75
Framed size: 20.75 X 16.75
$500

Mazilo, Unknown, 1953

Mazilo
Unknown, 1953
Offset lithograph
Image size: 11.25 X 7.75
Framed size: 19.25 X 15.25
$75

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