DescriptionSTEPHEN PARRISH (American, 1846-1938)
Path through a Rocky Landscape, 1915
Oil on canvas
25 x 35 inches (63.5 x 88.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Stephen Parrish / 1915
FROM THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Sotheby's Arcade, New York, September 23, 1988, lot 109.
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas, "The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America's Gilded Age," January 16-April 17, 2011, no. 16.
During the 1880s, Stephen Parrish was one of the leading etchers in America. Although his paintings, such as the present landscape, were received with favor and were shown regularly in New York and at exhibitions throughout the country, he was more widely known for his etchings, especially those of New England coastal scenes. Today, however, Stephen Parrish is perhaps best-known as the father of celebrated painter-illustrator, Maxfield Parrish, whose talents he encouraged from a very early age. For Maxfield's third birthday, Stephen gave him a large sketchbook with "Fred Parrish--Christmas--1873" embossed on the cover. He traveled with his son through the capitals and major museums of Europe, painting and sketching, developing the close, warm relationship that lasted throughout their lives.
In 1884, Stephen, his wife, and Maxfield sailed on an extended trip to Europe. They traveled for two throughout England, northern Italy, and France. Much of Stephen's time in Europe was spent at his easel. The family enjoyed the museums, the concerts and the opera in Europe. They returned in 1886.
Stephen not only instructed his son during his boyhood years, but the two men shared a seaside studio at Annisquam, Massachusetts, for two summers in 1892 and 1893. Stephen Parrish spent only a few weeks at Annisquam in 1893, however, as he was busy overseeing the construction of his new home at Cornish, New Hampshire, site of the lively Cornish Art Colony.
Framed in a Whistler-style frame. Lined canvas.
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