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.

Jim Torlakson, Eleven Flags 1987

James Torlakson
Eleven Flags
Watercolor
Image size: 16 X 22
Framed size: 26 X 32
$4000 Now $2800

Robert Hamer, Stream In The Sierra, 1970

Robert Hamer
Stream In The Sierra
Oil on canvas
Image size: 16 X 20
Frame size: 22 X 26
$1000 Now $500

Manuel Neri, Couple of Girls 41/75, 1967

Manuel Neri
Couple Of Girls 41/75, 1967
Lithograph
Image size: 29.5 x 22.25
Framed size: 35.75 x 27.5
$1500.00

Darrell Forney, Blue Seated Figure, 1972

Darrell Forney
Blue Seated Figure
Acrylic on panel
Image size: 17 X 14
Framed size: 18 X 15
$500 Now $100

Matt Bult, Unknown Title, 1983

Matt Bult
Unknown, 1983
Watercolor
Image size: 8.5 X 11
Frame size: 13.75 X 16.5
$700 Now $375

Robert Pengelly, Unknown Title

Robert Pengelly
Unknown
Pen & ink
Image size: 11.5 X 8.5
Framed size: 20.5 X 14.75
$500 Now $300

James Torlakson, The Wizard Of Wyoming, 1990

James Torlakson
Wizard Of Wyoming, 1990
Watercolor
Image size: 12 X 12
Framed size: 17 X 17
$3000 Now $1000

Louise Stanley, Homage To Picasso, 1982

Louise Stanley
Homage To Picasso, 1982
Gouache
Image size: 7 X 10
Framed size: 15 X 18
$400 Now $300

Darrell Forney, Lone Spud, 1989

Darrell Forney
Lone Spud, 1989
Watercolor
Image size: 13.75 x 18.75
Framed size: 21.25 x 25.25
$150 Now $50

Roberta Loach, Collectors At Black Tie Dinner, 1989

Roberta Loach
Collectors At A Black Tie Dinner, 1989
Mixed media
Image size: 12 X 14
Framed size: 21 X 23
$300 Now $75

Roland Petersen, A Cantilevered Eclipse #2, AP, 1970

Roland Petersen
A Cantilevered Eclipse #2 AP, 1970
Viscosity Print
Image size: 13 X 16
Framed size: 24 X 25
$1000 Now $850

Darrell Forney, Portrait Of The Artist, 1964

Darrell Forney
Portrait Of The Artist, 1964
Acrylic on canvas
Image size: 36 X 36
Framed size: 37 X 37
$750 Now $350

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