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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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Original Framed 1924 Maxfield Parrish The Lute Players Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT DREAMING 1928 ORIGINAL HOUSE OF ART W LABEL


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE END OLD ART DECO VINTAGE PRINT


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE SERENADE PRINT OLD ANTIQUE PRINT PICTURE


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SMALL ANTIQUE MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT DAYBREAK ORIGINAL FRAME UNUSUAL SIZE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL1925 ROMANCE ART DECO PRINTS OLD PICTURE


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1923 Original House Of Art DAYBREAK


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE FROG PRINCE OLD VINTAGE PRINT


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Antique DAYBREAK Maxfield Parrish Fantasy Art Nouveau Original Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE KING TASTES A TART VINTAGE PRINT


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE FOOL IN GREEN PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1920S TRIPTYCH PRINT STARS DAYBREAK HILLTOP


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MAXFIELD PARRISH 1927 Print HILLTOP LARGE ORIGINAL 18 X 30 HOUSE OF ART


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LARGE ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH 1927 Print STARS 18 X 30 HOUSE OF ART


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1911 HARVEST OLD VINTAGE PRINT PICTURE


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1927 Maxfield Parrish HILLTOP Original Gold Cobalt Framed Print 7 1 4 x 11 1 4


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1914 Cassim Vintage Art Print


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE KNAVE PRINT OLD VINTAGE PICTURE FRAMED


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Original 1909 MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT Plate From THE ARABIAN KNIGHTS


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1911 THREE SHEPHERDS OLD VINTAGE PRINT PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE KING CHANCELLOR OLD VINTAGE PRINT


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VINTAGE MAXFIELD PARRISH LARGE PRINT DAYBREAK ORIGINAL FRAME HOUSE OF ART NY


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MAXFIELD PARRISH DAYBREAK LARGE 30 x 18 HOUSE OF NEW YORKORIGINAL FRAME


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Vintage Maxfield Parrish Enchantment Print 1926 Calendar Art Original NR


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Vintage Maxfield Parrish An Ancient Tree Print 1952 Calendar Art Original NR


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Original Maxfield Parrish Copper Framed The Sandman Century Magazine Mar 1905


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1904 THE LITTLE PEACH PRINT PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH 1927 Print HILLTOP LARGE ORIGINAL 18 X 30 HOUSE OF ART


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 ENTRANCE OF THE KING VINTAGE PRINT


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ORIGINAL MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT REVERIES FRAMED BEAUTIFUL VGC LK


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53442 ANTIQUE ORIGINAL 20s MAXFIELD PARRISH PRINT MORNING W FRAME


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE PAGE PRINT OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 6 LITTLE INGREDIENTS PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL PRINT THE CANYON SIGNED REINTHAL NEWMAN NY


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 BLUE HOSE YELLOW HOSE PRINT OLD ANTIQUE PICTURE


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


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MAXFIELD PARRISH original 1922 ReinthalNewman House of Art print ornate frame


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 THE VEGETABLE MAN PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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Maxfield Parrish Framed Picture Original Gilt Accent Frame Garden Of Allah


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 LADY VIOLETTA PRINT OLD ANTIQUE PRINT PICTURE


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Original Maxfield Parrish Illustration 1904 Poems of Childhood Frontispiece


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 6 LITTLE INGREDIENTS PRINT OLD PRINT PICTURE


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Vintage Maxfield Parrish The Canyon Print 1924 Calendar Art Original NR


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Original 1937 MAXFIELD PARRISH CALENDAR TWILIGHT Full pad ribbon


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1914 Bellerophon Nude Woman Old Vintage Art Print


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Maxfield Parrish Stars in Original Vintage Frame Medium Size


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Maxfield Parrish Original 1914 Aladdin Vintage Art Print Picture


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Original Vintage MAXFIELD PARRISH Print GENIE FISHERMAN in Nice OAK FRAME NR


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MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1925 LADY VIOLETTA PRINT OLD ANTIQUE PRINT PICTURE


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2 MAXFIELD PARRISH ORIGINAL 1904 LITTLE PEACH SHUFFLE SHOON AMBER LOCKS PRINTS



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