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.

David Gilhooly, Venus Of Frogendorf, 1979

David Gilhooly
Venus of Frogendorf, 1979
Ceramic sculpture
15 X 24 X 15
$3000

Yoshio Taylor, Unknown, 1980

Yoshio Taylor
Unknown Title, 1980
Ceramic
33 X 20 X 7
$2700 Now $2350

David Gilhooly, Drugstore Frogindian, 2006

David Gilhooly
Drug Store Frogindian, 2006
Ceramic sculpture
17 X 12 X 12
$2500 Now $2000

Vito Antonio Ferrante, Untitled

Vito Antonio Ferrante
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
Image size: 36 X 36
$2000 Now $1500

Phil Gross, Nob Hill West, SF

Phil Gross
Nob Hill West, SF
Oil on canvas
Image size: 36 X 48
Framed size: 39 X 51
$4500 Now $3500

Mel Smothers, Old Icicle Trail #31

Mel Smothers
Old Icicle Trail #31
Oil on panel
Image size: 48 X 48
Framed size: 52 X 52
$1500 Now $1000

Anthony Montanino, Jungle Room (Blue Midnight)

Anthony Montanino
Jungle Room (Blue Midnight)
Oil on canvas
Image size: 24 X 20
Framed
$750 Now $650

Anthony Montanino, John Coltrane

Anthony Montanino
John Coltrane
Oil on canvas
Image size: 40 X 30
$1800 Now $1250

Anthony Montanino, Chet Baker

Anthony Montanino
Chet Baker
Oil on canvas
Image size: 30 X 40
Framed
$1800 Now $1250

Sheila Finch, Wetlands

Sheila Finch
Wetlands
Oil on canvas
Image size: 30 X 48
$2000 Now $1500

Sheila Finch, Sky And Earth

Sheila Finch
Sky and Earth
Oil on canvas
Image size: 48 X 48
$2500 Now $2000

Joe Mariscal, Unknown Title

Joe Mariscal
Unknown Title
Ceramic
15 X 15 X 4
$250 Now $195

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