Ectasy," 1930, Calendart 38 3/4" x 18", Heritage Auctions
"Sing a Song of Sixpence," 1910, Lithography, 8 1/2" x 20 3/4", Heritage Auctions
Lantern Bearers-"The Lantern Bearers," 1910, Lithograph, 11 1/2" x 8 3/4", Heritage Auctions
Fantasies and Fairy Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print
October 28-January 9, 2010
Maxfield Parrish was one of the early 20th century’s most popular and well-known artists. He trained as an illustrator with famed illustrator/teacher Howard Pyle, and soon his distinctive compositions were being reproduced as illustrations and advertisements. Committed to the popularization of American art, his works were both inherently beautiful and inspiring to millions.
In many cases Parrish’s original paintings were a direct result of his commercial enterprises. Before abandoning figurative work in the 1950s, Parrish undertook hundreds of commissions for book illustrations, magazine covers, advertisements and lithographs that reveal both his sense of humor and his eye for graphic design. Taking advantage of the refinements of color processing that allowed for meticulously detailed and brilliantly illuminated mass reproductions, the works Parrish created for translation into lithographs would become some of his most popular and enduring imagery.
“Fantasies and Fairy Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print” is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, DC and International Arts, Memphis, TN, and sponsored in Montgomery by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC and Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Giles.