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.

Larry Welden, Unknown, 1976

Larry Welden
Unknown, 1976
Watercolor
Image size: 15 X 20.5
Framed size: 19 X 25
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Alan Post, Figure With Coffee Pots

Alan Post
Figure With Coffee Pots
Watercolor and ink
Image size: 12.5 X 8
Framed size: 14.75 X 18.75
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Alan Post, The Bats

Alan Post
The Bats
Ink
Image size: 7 X 12
Framed size: 15 X 19
$500

Alan Post, Chapel In Provence, 2003

Alan Post
Chapel In Provence, 2003
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 14.5 X 21.5
Framed size: 25.25 X 31.25
$2000

Steinberg, Unknown, 1970

Steinberg
Unknown, 1970
Limited edition lithograph 23/100
Image size: 20 X 24
Framed size: 21 X 25
$600

Alan Post, White Cat

Alan Post
White Cat
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 15.5 X 17.75
Framed size: 16.25 X 18.25
$1700

Alan Post, The Violinist, 2005

Alan Post
The Violinist, 2005
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 23.5 X 17.75
Framed size: 32.25 X 27
$3500

Alan Post, White Houses With Red Roofs

Alan Post
White Houses With Red Roofs
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 15 X 22
Framed size: 24 X 31.25
$2500

Alan Post, Landscape With Red Houses

Alan Post
Landscape With Red Houses
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 18 X 23
Framed size: 27.25 X 30.25
$3500

Alan Post, Train Tracks

Alan Post
Train Tracks
Watercolor
Image size: 14.75 X 20
Framed size: 25.25 X 30.25
$2500

Alan Post, Red And White House With Green, 1954

Alan Post
Red And White House With Green, 1954
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 15 X 22
Framed size: 22 X 29
$2500

Alan Post, California Landscape, 2006

Alan Post
California Landscape, 2006
Watercolor
Image size: 14.5 X 22
Framed size: 22 X 29
$2500

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