Thursday, July 25, 2013

Happy birthday, Maxfield Parrish

Left: The Dinky Bird from Poems of Childhood (1904). Right: From Arabian Nights (1906) Inset: Parrish
 It is the birthday of painter Maxfield Parrish (1870), whose luminous figures and settings graced magazine covers, advertisements and book illustrations in the early 20th century. His most well-known picture may be Daybreak (1922), an art print that  remains a popular seller today. Among the books Parrish illustrated are Mother Goose in Prose (1897) by Frank L Baum, The Golden Age (1900), Knickerbocker's History of New York (1900), Dream Days (1902), Scribner's Poems of Childhood (1904) by Eugene Field, Italian Villas and their Gardens (1904) by Edith Wharton, The Turquoise Cap and The Desert (1905), Scribner's 1909 edition of Arabian Nights (to which he added more images for a 1923 edition), A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales (1910), The Children's Book (1910), and the Knave of Hearts (1925). At age 28, he bought land in New Hampshire  where he built a home and studio. He lived there until his death at age 95.

Daybreak (1922), created as an art poster, it is still popular today.

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