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.

Isabel Villar, Unknown, 1972

Isabel Villar
Unknown, 1972
Limited edition lithograph 8/50
Image size: 20 X 13.5
Framed size: 28.25 X 22.25

Ann Harold-Taylor, Shutter Door Study #5, 1987

Ann Harrold-Taylor
Shutter Door Study #5, 1987
Conte and acrylic
Image size: 19 X 24
Framed size: 24 X 29

Ann Harold-Taylor, Three Figures At Doors, Study #1, 1987

Ann Harrold-Taylor
Three Figures At Doors, Study #1, 1987
Gouache, conte, ink and acrylic
Image size: 19 X 24
Framed size: 24 X 29

Darrell Forney, Portrait Of Helen, 1968

Darrell Forney
Portrait Of Helen, 1968
Acrylic on canvas
Image size: 28 X 36
Framed size: 29 X 37

Darrell Forney, Unknown, 1961

Darrell Forney
Unknown, 1961
Image size: 4 X 6
Framed size: 11 X 16

Darrell Forney, The Visionary, 1965

Darrell Forney
The Visionary, 1965
Image size: 3.5 X 4.5
Framed size: 8.25 X 11

Darrell Forney, Stormpleat, 1966

Darrell Forney
Stormpleat, 1966
Acrylic on canvas
Image size: 24 X 24
Framed size: 25 X 25

Fred Dalkey, Sketch Of Nick Rogers, 1971

Fred Dalkey
Sketch Of Nick Rogers, 1971
Image size: 8.75 X 5.75
Framed size: 18.75 X 14.75

Gladys Nilsson, The Greeting

Gladys Nilsson
The Greeting
Image size: 7.75 X 6.75
Framed size: 21 X 16

Fernand Leger, Man Woman And Flower 484/600

Fernand Leger
Man, Woman, And Flower, 484/600
Limited edition print
Image size: 28.5 X 20.5
Framed size: 38.5 X 30.25

Roland Petersen, Sunlighted Figures

Roland Petersen
Sunlighted Figures
Limited edition etching 16/25
Image size: 15.5 X 15.5
Framed size: 24 X 22.75

Helen Post, Nude

Helen Post
Image size: 23 X 18
Framed size: 31.5 X 26

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