DescriptionMAXFIELD PARRISH (American, 1870-1966)
At the Close of Day, 1941
Oil on board
15 x 13 inches (38.1 x 33.0 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Maxfield Parrish 1941
Vose Galleries of Boston, Boston;
Mr. Gerhard Willemy Keny, Columbus, Ohio, 1984.
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1974 and 1984 (label verso);
Cornish Colony Museum, Windsor, Vermont, 2004 and 2006 (label verso);
Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C., 2005 (label verso).
A. M. Gilbert, Maxfield Parrish Master of Make-Believe, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 2005, pp. 6 and 108.
So celebrated was Parrish's hallmark rendering of the sky that novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the phrase "as blue as a Parrish sky." This work is no exception. At the Close of Day presents a magical and boundless world that is illuminated by the vanishing rays of the setting sun.
In 1936, Parrish entered into a 27-year arrangement with the Minnesota-based calendar company Brown and Bigelow to produce a series of landscapes. For five years he produced one landscape a year. After that, he created both a summer and a winter landscape for another 22 years. In her monograph, Alma M. Gilbert has described the present example (which Brown and Bigelow renamed At the Close of Day from the original Plainfield, New Hampshire Village Church at Dusk) as "an exemplary published landscape that speaks to Parrish's love of his immediate surroundings."
Estimate: $350,000 - $500,000.
Original hand-made frame, overall excellent condition.
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