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.

Alan Post, French Fireman, 1999

Alan Post
French Fireman, 1999
Limited Edition Giclee
Image size: 27 X 20
Framed size: 34 X 27

John Dominique, Beach Near Monterey, 1953

John Dominique
Beach Near Monterey
Image: 11 X 14
Frame size: 14 X 16
$300 Now $200

Gerald Walburg, Cross Series #5

Gerald Walburg
Cross Series #5
Image size: 29 X 21
Frame size: 37 X 28
$1500 Now $975

Roland Petersen, A Generator, Shasta Dam, 1970

Roland Petersen
A Generator, Shasta Dam, 1970
Viscosity etching
19 X 15
$1500 Now $900

Roland Petersen, Summer’s Figure

Roland Petersen
Summer’s Figure
Viscosity etching
Image size: 19 X 23
$1500 Now $900

Gerald Stinski, Unknown, 1980

Gerald Stinski
Unknown Title
Oil on panel
Image size: 6 X 12
Framed size: 10 X 17

Mary Armstrong, Winter Garden, 1996

Mary Armstrong
Winter Garden, 1996
Mixed media
Image size: 27 X 38
Framed size: 37 X 48

Alan Post, Three Women, 1989

Alan Post
Three Women, 1989
Acrylic on paper
Image size: 23 X 18
Framed size: 33 X 26

Robert Motherwell, Unknown, 1966

Robert Motherwell
Unknown, 1966
Limited edition lithograph
Image size: 21 x 15
Framed size: 37 x 29
$3000 Now $1500

Roland Petersen, Study For A Sunbather, 1993

Roland Petersen
Study For A Sunbather, 1993
Image size: 12 X 9
Framed size: 21 X 18

Victor Pasmore, Heart, 1981

Victor Pasmore
Heart, 1981
Limited edition etching 8/25
Image size: 12.5 X 12.5
Framed size: 33 X 24

Christel Dillbohner, Zeitmesser XII, 2008

Christel Dillbohner
Zeitmesser XII, 2008
9 X 32 X 3

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