Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was one of the most popular artists in America for a time.  He gained recognition as an illustrator for books and magazines and then began selling lithographs of his oil paintings.  His art was very popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s and remained popular into the 1950’s.  Few people recognize his name today.  I guess its a good example of how art how art styles change in fashion over time.

From what I have read, most of his original oils have been lost so there aren’t many originals in auctions these days.  That keeps his name from surfacing very often in the auction world and may be one reason he isn’t better known.

Nevertheless his art is quite remarkable.  He developed a style where he over-saturated the colors and exaggerated the contrast to hold your attention.  Most of his paintings had a bit of a dreamlike quality to them.  A good example is “Hilltop” which he painted in 1926. In later years he decided to paint mostly more realistic landscapes, but still with some artistic modulation.

Hilltop

 

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