DescriptionMAXFIELD PARRISH (American 1870-1966)
Watercolor and oil on masonite
10.75in. x 7.5in.
Provenance: Estate of the artist
One of America's best-known and revered illustrators, Maxfield Parrish was born in Philadelphia, the son of Stephen Parrish, a successful landscape painter and etcher. Parrish studied in France, England, and at Haverford College, Pennsylvania and later in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He later studied at the Drexel Institute, Philadelphia under renowned illustrator Howard Pyle.
Due to contracting typhoid fever early in his career, Parrish spent much time away from the East Coast and traveled to the Adirondacks where it was so cold he had to discontinue the use of water-based ink in favor of oil paint. He also traveled to Arizona where the brilliant landscape influenced the high coloration and distinctive style of his future work. In 1895, he moved permanently to New Hampshire and produced cover designs for Collier's magazine. He later turned to mural painting and one of his greatest commissions was a Tiffany stained glass mural for Cyrus Curtis, owner of The Saturday Evening Post, for the wall of the publication's headquarters in Philadelphia. In his thirties, Parrish began painting romantic figures in fantastical landscapes, and a favorite model in his romantic figure work was Kitty Owen, granddaughter of William Jennings Bryan. But he left that behind when, at 64, he moved to painting landscapes exclusively.
Parrish's work can be found in important collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, National Museum of American Illustration, Cleveland Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Condition: 4in. line of inpaint from upper right to middle, small area of inpaint lower right corner
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