Maxfield Parrish Art Images

Images from Parrish's illustrations to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Poems of Childhood, Arabian Nights and many others

This page has been getting a facelift. Most of the images are back and rescanned for the new millenia. Still coming: More Knave of Hearts, and special sections on the murals and information about his favorite models.

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Maxfield Parrish 2011 Calendar: The Art Passions 2011 Maxfield Parrish calendar is available here.

Parrish Postcards: Sebastian made some Maxfield Parrish postcards.

Where to Buy Maxfield Parrish Prints: You can find Parrish prints at Maxfield Parrish at Artsy Craftsy, at the Maxfield Parrish Print and Poster Gallery, or use the Art Print and Poster Finder. I do not have a source for very large Parrish posters, but do check the Poster Finder.

E-cards While you are here, you can send a friend an electronic postcard. Or click on any gallery image to send it as an e-postcard to a friend.

About Maxfield Parrish

During the Golden Age of Illustration, Maxfield Parrish's "beautiful settings and charming figures" enchanted the American public. His work includes immense murals in office buildings and hotels, magazine covers, and advertisements as well as his book illustrations.

Many of his illustrations to children's books, still popular today, are the result of his struggle to make a living as an artist in his early years around the turn of the 20th century.

He was born Frederick Parrish in 1870 in Philadelphia, but he took the name Maxfield after his Quaker grandmother. His father, Stephen, was also an artist and Parrish's greatest influence. He originally studied architecture, an interest that is evident in his paintings. He married his wife Lydia 1895.

Daybreak, his arguably most famous picture, was created for the art print market. It is still popular to this day.

In 1900, Parrish contracted tuberculosis, and then suffered a nervous breakdown. Around that time, he switched from illustrations to oil painting. His oil paintings became very popular, with their brilliant colors and magical luminosity, until well into the 1940s. To achieve these magical effects, he would apply numerous layers of thin, transparent oil, alternating with varnish over stretched paper, a painstaking process that achieved both high luminosity and extraordinary detail.

The tuberculosis hung on and Parrish went to Arizona to convalesce in the dry heat there. While in Arizona, he was commissioned to do a series of landscapes. He began painting and traveling on commission and his career took off.

Parrish worked at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, called The Oaks. The Oaks was a popular destination for guests during the summers but in the frozen New Hampshire winters, Parrish dedicated himself to his painting.

In 1905, Parrish's met Susan Lewin, a 16-year old girl hired as a nanny for his son Dillwyn. Her image appears often in paintings from this time through the 1920s. Over time, Susan became Parrish's assistant, model for his paintings, and eventually his lover. His wife, Lydia, and Maxfield grew increasingly estranged and she left him in 1911. Susan stayed with Maxfield for another 50 years.

From the 1930s until 1960, when he stopped painting, Maxfield Parrish refocused his attention on the world around him, producing a series of calendar landscapes. Yet even these retain the magical, window-to-the-otherworld quality that permeates all of his work.

Parrish died at 95 in 1966, at a time when his work was enjoying a renaissance of interest.

Maxfield Parrish Art

Arabian Nights

The full set of Maxfield Parrish Arabian Nights illustrations, both the 1909 edition and the additional illustrations from the 1923 edition. The Young King of the Black Isles and Sinbad Plotting to Kill the Giant appear only in the 1923 edition.

Maxfield Parrish: The Fisherman and the Genie Cover to Arabian Nights (1909)

Ali Baba in the cave
of the 40 thieves

Codadad and the Pirates

The Fisherman and the Genie

Sinbad plotting to kill the genie (1923)

The Young King of the Black Isles

The Talking Bird

The Man of Brass

Aladdin

City of Brass

Gulnare

Prince Agib

Second Voyage of Sinbad

Myths and Fairy Tales

Maxfield Parrish: Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty

Snow White

Cinderella

Enchanted Prince

Frog Prince

Pomegranate Seeds

The Golden Fleece

Three Golden Apples

Tempest

Circes

Cleopatra

Pandora

Pan

Jack and the Beanstalk

Puss in Boots

Reluctant Dragon

Land of Make Believe

Sea Nymphs

The Little Princess

Poems of Childhood

Illustrations from the 1904 Scribner and Sons Poems of Childhood.

Maxfield Parrish: The Dinky-Bird Frontispiece

With Trumpet and Drum

Sugarplum Tree

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Little Peach

The Dinky-Bird

The Flyaway Horse

and Amber Locks

Seein' Things

Nursery Rhymes

Illustrations from various nursery rhumes.

Maxfield Parrish: Peter Pumpkin Eater Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Old King Cole

Sing a Song of Sixpence 1

Sing a Song of Sixpence 2

Sandman Slumber Song

The Ring of the Nibelung

Illustrations from the 1898 Scribner's Magazine article The Ring of the Niebelung.

Maxfield Parrish: Alberich from The Ring of the Nibelung Title plate

Alberich

The Ring

Rhine Maidens

Ornament

Reverse page

Alberich Laughs

Wotan

Valhalla

Ornament reversed

Page plate

Page plate reversed

Shell Ornament

Shell Ornament reversed

Loki's Fire-Charm

Landscapes

Maxfield Parrish: Moonlight Arizona

Atlas Landscape

Christmas Morning

Christmas Eve

Deep Snow

Dream October

Mill Pond

Evening

Glen Mill

Moonlight

Hilltop

Moonlight 2

Riverbank

White Birches

New Moon

Winter Nights

Sunlit Valley

Mountain Farm

Aquamarine

Lull Brook

Winter Twlight

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Maxfield Parrish Posters and Art Prints

Maxfield Parrish Posters Very large Maxfield Parrish posters are rare and costly when you do find them, although you can still find some that were printed by Paper Tiger Press in La Jolla, California, in the late '60s and early '70s. However, alternatives, such as nicely framing a page from a Maxfield Parrish calendar, also work. You'll want to avoid choosing a plate from a book because older Maxfield Parrish books in good condition can be quite valuable valuable.

Maxfield Parrish Art Prints at Artsy Craftsy

Daybreak

Griselda

Sleeping Beauty

CinderellaThe Fisherman and the Genie

Ecstasy

Morning

The above links will take you to a listing of currently available larger-format Maxfield Parrish prints on fine art paper, with more to be added. Artsy Craftsy has some Maxfield Parrish prints that are not available elsewhere.

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