The Art of Maxfield Parrish

by Fred Showker

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Summer Reading Maxfield Parrish was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. We all know and love his work -- known for its distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. He's been one of the most immitated artists of all times in art from album covers to wallpaper, to movies! Just look at Michael Jackson's music video "You Are Not Alone" and how certain scenes were specifically styled like one of Parrish's paintings. The 1998 Robbin Williams film "What Dreams May Come" paints a vision of heaven in a complete Maxfield Parrish enviornment. His most significant works can be found in The National Museum of American Illustration.

Maxfield Parrish: The Knave of Heartsknave_of_hearts_cover

This is a classic by Louise Saunders, talented wife of legendary editor Max Perkins, teamed with one of the most popular illustrators of all time to create this unforgettable fable.
      Known for his beautiful coloring and humorous touch, Maxfield Parrish's work is iconic — and The Knave of Hearts is his ultimate achievement. Filled with 22 colorful images and lavishly finished with a full-color endpaper painting, this hardcover edition is a collector's classic to treasure.
UGNN Full story : The Knave of Hearts by Louise Saunders

Worlds of Enchantment: The Art of Maxfield Parrishcreative graphic arts & design

Maxfield Parrish enjoyed tremendous popularity throughout the early decades of the twentieth century. Bruce Watson, writing in Smithsonian magazine, deemed Parrish the "comman man's Rembrandt." It's said that during the Depression, a Parrish illustration was displayed on the walls of one out of every four American homes. The artist's romantic, richly colored images of winsome maidens and faraway places continue to appeal to modern audiences.
      Selected from hundreds of the artist's images for books, magazines, and calendars, this original collection spotlights Parrish's work from 1897 through the 1920s. Illustrations include art from publications such as Century Magazine, Collier's, and Scribner's. Numerous advertisements include the famed Edison-Mazda Lamp series, along with ads for Jell-O, Ferry's Seeds, and Swift's Premium Ham. A wide selection of book illustrations comprises scenes from The Arabian Nights, Eugene Field's Poems of Childhood, Louise Saunders' The Knave of Hearts, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales, and other treasured works
UGNN Full story : Worlds of Enchantment: The Art of Maxfield Parrish by: Maxfield Parrish, Jeff A. Menges

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Enjoy these in the samples gallery

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Mary_Mary_Quite_Contrary Morning dreaming ecstasy
Mary_Mary_Quite_Contrary Morning dreaming ecstasy
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great_southwest king_and_queen lantern_barrers pc_dragon
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GO Michael Jackson immitates Parrish in You Are Not Alone video
GO Beautiful Day Album Cover
GO Parrish inspired wedding photo
GO The National Museum of American Illustration
GO Robbin Williams' What Dreams May Come
GO Spectacular Maxfield Parrish scroll

complimentary Maxfield Parrish Poster And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

      Editor/Publisher : DTG Magazine
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      Published online since 1988

 


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