Maxfield Parrish Original Prints

Discover Maxfield Parrish Landscapes   by Amanda Barnell

There are very few artists in the history of the United States who have achieved as much through landscape painting as Maxfield Parrish. The internationally-renowned painter and artist devoted the final thirty years of his life to the beautiful simplicity of nature?s most captivating scenes.

To this day, we can enjoy his rich and vivid use of color saturation and popping composition as it applies to some of the most famous landscape paintings to come out of America in the 20th century. To discover Maxfield Parrish landscapes is to view nature in all its glory. Discover Maxfield Parrish's Famous Paintings.

About Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was born in 1870 in rural Pennsylvania to a landscape painter father and a homemaking mother. Naturally, his father?s work and the surrounding countryside of his early years had a lasting impact on his sense of imagery and compositional technique. Parrish was quickly lauded as one of the bright upcoming talents of the contemporary art world, graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with his parents? support and encouragement.

Parrish was commissioned to illustrate several works of children?s literature, which boasts some of his finest accomplishments. He created illustrations for L. Frank Baum?s ?Mother Goose in Prose? as well as his own set of images for the classic collection of tales entitled ?Arabian Nights?. Poetry collections, such as Eugene Field?s ?Poems of Childhood?, also demonstrate his remarkable creative talent.

After many years of commercial and critical success, Parrish declared he was through with ?painting women on rocks? and decided to devote himself to the art of landscape painting. Soon thereafter, Maxfield Parrish landscapes became known as some of the most beautiful and riveting replicas of nature ever produced. It is said that Parrish ?revised? some of his earlier work by painting over parts of the tableau in order to obscure the original subjects, leaving only the landscape!

The Maxfield Parrish Style

Parrish is best recognized for his unique interpretation of color and three-dimensionality. He wanted his paintings to have an intense visceral effect on the audience, creating visually-pleasing scenes that often had a fairy-tale or fantastical aura, with human subjects set convincingly amidst a spectacular landscape.

Parrish?s very bright, very saturated, and very intense color tones leap off the canvas to dominate the eye?s attention. He painted his subjects in a realistic manner, creating the uncanny effect that the painting had a life of its own. Instead of merely being flat, his paintings typically had three dimensions, a feat he generally achieved by applying alternate coats of paint and sealing each layer with a varnish. Moreover, the exercise would brighten and liven the colors, rendering Maxfield Parrish landscapes truly breathtaking. The technique led to his world-known distinct style.

Maxfield Parrish was a stickler for details. This meticulous artist would build models of his landscapes (based on his photographs) in order to experiment with the angle of the lighting.

Typical Characteristics

There are no better examples of Maxfield Parrish landscapes than the piece ?Mill Pond?, which shows a small watermill adjacent to a translucent pond, set against a backdrop of beautiful mountains. Even at first glance, an art enthusiast would immediately recognize the Parrish style.

  • The colors are extremely bright and aggressive, prominent and contrasting with one another rather than blending into each other.
  • The artist?s distinct love of deep blue is well exhibited in the remarkable reflection of the sky on the water?s surface
  • The lighting convincingly suggests either dawn or dusk, and helps add an intense level of dimensionality to the work, with shadows emphasizing mood and adding incredible realism.
  • The subject is so photographic and detailed that it takes a moment to realize you are looking at a painting and not a natural scene. Even the elements of the landscape far in the distance appear cinematic, as if you could reach out and touch them.

Other Maxfield Parrish landscapes such as ?Arizona?, ?Christmas Morning?, ?Riverbank?, and ?Deep Snow? boast the same typical characteristics: vivid details, saturated color palettes, and meticulous attention to lighting.

Parrish landscapes have the ability to take you out of your current place and transport you to a beautifully-rendered natural world. I recommend you explore this artist?s work, and discover for yourself why it is set apart from conventional, vanilla landscape art.

About the Author

Amanda Barnell is an inspiring artist who provides original content for many newspapers and websites. This article was originally published in Maxfield
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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1927 ART PRINT STARS ART DECO PERIOD FRAME


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1930 Waterfall Edison Mazda Vintage Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL PRINT VINTAGE FRAME LANDSCAPE LITHOGRAPH


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Maxfield Parrish All Original Evening Print Exceptional Original Color Frame


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Original 1922 Maxfield Parrish Evening Art Print in Vintage Antique Frame


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1925 The King Chancellor Old Vintage Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT RUBIYAT 1917 MINT CONDITION ORIGINAL PRINT 34 X 12


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1925 Lady Violetta Antique Print Ornate Frame


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1914 Cadmus Vintage Art Print Picture


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MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT THE DINKY BIRD 1904 NICE CONDITION ORIGINAL PRINT


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL PRINT GARDEN OF ALLAH 1918 LARGE SIZE VINTAGE FRAME


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ORIGINAL Framed 1920s ART DECO Semi NUDES MAXFIELD PARRISH Fox Rare 32x20 JP


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH CIRCES PALACE PRINT IN POLYCHROME PAINTED FRAME


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Maxfield Parrish print original frame Tranquility estate find


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ANTIQUE 1917 MAXFIELD PARRISH CLEOPATRA PRINT 10 X 9 RARE ORIGINAL


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1909 King of the Black Isles Old Vintage Print


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Vintage Maxfield Parrish Large original Rubaiyat Print and Frame 1917


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Antique 1920s Original Frame Maxfield Parrish Print DAYBREAK House of Art NY


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Maxfield Parrishs Daybreak Original Art Deco Frame And Print


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1918 MAXFIELD PARRISH GARDEN OF ALLAH ORIGINAL ANTIQUE LARGE ART PRINT SIGNED


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1927 Maxfield Parrish Hill Top Original Print Frame


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE CHEF PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1904 Open Air Castles Antique Deco Art Vibrant


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1911 HARVEST OLD VINTAGE PRINT PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE END ART DECO VINTAGE PRINT


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Original 1910 Maxfield Parrish print Jason the Argonauts


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1925 Six Little Ingredients Vintage Antique Print


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH 1922 Print MORNING FANTASY LADY ART DECO


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT OLD KING COLE EXCELLENT CONDITION RARE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1911 SPRING PRINT ART NOUVEAU PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 Maid On A Swing Edison Calendar Lithograph RARE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH AIR CASTLES ORIGINAL ART DECO LITHO PRINT FRAME 195X155


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Maxfield Parrish original print Daybreak in original 11x7 Frame


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Maxfield Parrish Vintage Print Thy Templed Hills Original


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE PAGE LITHOGRAPH ANTIQUE VINTAGE ART DECO


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Original Maxfield Parrish 1911 Three Shepherds Old Vintage Print Picture


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH Framed 1918 LADIES HOME JOURNAL DJER KISS Ad


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 LADY URSULA THE KING PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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Original 1910 Maxfield Parrish print nymphs in the dark woods


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AIR CASTLES Maxfield Parrish Original Art Print


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VINTAGE MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL OLD KING COLE PRINT OLD ESTATE


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Maxfield Parrish Cleopatra original oil sale promo in 1976 La Galeria print ad


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT DREAMLIGHT 1925 CALENDAR TOP FRAMED 1925


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Original Framed MAXFIELD PARRISH Print The Village Church 1949 Calendar


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1923 ORIGINAL CANYON


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1908 Pierrot Serenade Clown Art Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT MORNING 1922 EXCELLENT CONDITION ORIGINAL PRINT


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1908 Original Maxfield Parrish Print Pierrots Serenade Full Color Bookplate


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DINKY BIRD Maxfield Parrish Original Art Print


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT EVENTIDE PERSONALLY SIGNED BY THE ARTIST



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