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.

Miles Hermann, The Artist’s Cat, 2006

Miles Hermann
The Artist’s Cat
Oil on canvas
Image size: 17.5 x 23.5
Framed size: 23 x 29.25
$1500 Now $700

Roland Petersen, Fall Picnic, 1970

Roland Petersen
Fall Picnic, 1970
Viscosity etching
Image size: 18.75 x 23
Framed size: 28.75 x 32
$1500 Now $850

Tony Natsoulas, Unknown Title

Tony Natsoulas
Unknown Title
24 X 12 X 3

Gary Pruner, Man With A Magic Stick

Gary Pruner
Man With Magic Stick
Mixed media
Image size: 23 X 17
Framed size: 29 X 23

Stock Schlueter, Winter Valley, 1998

Stock Schlueter
Winter Valley, 1998
Oil on linen
Image size: 13.75 x 21.5
Framed size: 15 x 23.25
$1200 Now $550

Gregory Kondos, Seacoast Village, Greece, 1970

Gregory Kondos
Sea Coast Village, Greece, 1970
Image size: 5.5 X 9
Framed size: 14 X 16
$6500 Now $4750

Robert Pengelly, Second Stories

Robert Pengelly
Second Stories
Image size: 16 X 19
Framed size: 26 X 28

Robert Pengelly, Riley

Robert Pengelly
Image size: 14.5 X 21
Framed size: 22.5 X 28

Boyd Gavin, Untitled Picnic, 1980

Boyd Gavin
Untitled Picnic, 1980
Colored pencil
Image size: 3 X 3
Framed size: 14 X 13

Boyd Gavin, Untitled Plants, 1980

Boyd Gavin
Untitled Plants, 1980
Colored pencil
Image size: 3 X 3
Framed size: 14 X 13
$250 Now $170

Boyd Gavin, Untitled Shoes, 1980

Boyd Gavin
Untitled Shoes, 1980
Colored pencil
Image size: 3 X 3
Framed size: 14 X 13
$250 Now $170

D.R. Wagner, Learning To Read, c. 1995

D.R. Wagner
Learning To Read, c. 1995
Image size: 3.25 x 2.75
Framed size: 9.75 x 9.5
$500 Now $200

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