Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966)


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.

Manuel Neri, Two Torsos, c. 1980

Manuel Neri
Two Torsos, c. 1980
Mixed media
Image size: 33 X 23
Framed size: 41 X 30

James Torlakson, Coconut Grove, c. 1974

James Torlakson
Coconut Grove, c. 1974
Image size: 17 X 14
Framed size: 20 X 23
$3500 Now $2000

James Torlakson, Snug Harbor, 1974

James Torlakson
Snug Harbor
Image size: 11 X 11
Framed size: 17 X 17
$3000 Now $2000

Pat Mahony, Glass Half Full, 2000

Pat Mahony
Glass Half Full, 2000
Oil on paper
Image size: 10 X 7
Framed size: 21 X 17
$2000 Now $1550

Pat Mahony, Purple Mountains, 2008

Pat Mahony
Purple Mountains
Oil on paper
Image size: 11 X 13
Framed size: 23 X 26

Sondra Olson, Yolo Hills, 2006

Sondra Olson
Yolo Hills, 2011
Oil on panel
Image size: 3.5 X 5
Frame size: 7.25 X 8.75
$75 Now $35

Kira Stewart, Unknown Title

Kira Stewart
Unknown Title
Oil on paper
Image size: 4 X 6
Frame size: 15.25 X 12.25

Christopher Stott, Scissors In Glass 2/10

Christopher Stott
Scissors In Glass 2/10
Giclee on paper
Image size: 8.5 X 6.5
Frame size: 13.75 X 11.75
$100 Now $50

Christopher Stott, Salt & Pepper 2/10

Christopher Stott
Salt & Pepper 2/10
Giclee on paper
Image size: 6 X 6
Frame size: 11.75 X 11.75
$100 Now $50

Craig Stephens, Yellow Screwdriver, 3-9-11

Craig Stephens
Yellow Screwdriver, 3-9-11
Oil on panel
Image size: 7 X 5
Frame size: 12.25 X 10.25
$150 Now $75

Bryan Mark Taylor, Spring In Sonoma Valley, 2011

Bryan Mark Taylor
Spring In Sonoma Valley, 2011
Oil on canvas
Image size: 9 X 12
Frame size: 14.5 X 17.5
$1100 Now $775

Terry Pappas, Aerial II – Sacramento Farm Fields, 2011

Terry Pappas
Aerial II – Sacramento Farm Fields, 2011
Oil on canvas
Image size: 36 X 48
$6500 Now $4500

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