Maxfield Parrish Artwork

I love art, specifically the Impressionists, Pablo Picasso, and especially Maxfield Parrish.

Parrish was an American painter and illustrator ( born July 25, 1870 – died March 30, 1966) who had his own unique techniques of painting. His art features dazzlingly luminous colors; the color Parrish blue was named in acknowledgement.He achieved the results by means of a technique called glazing where bright layers of oil color separated by varnish are applied alternately over a base rendering (Parrish usually used a blue and white monochromatic underpainting).

He would build up the depth in his paintings by photographing, enlarging, projecting and tracing half- or full-size objects or figures. Parrish then cut out and placed the images on his canvas, covering them with thick, but clear, layers of glaze. The result is realism of elegiac vivacity. His work achieves a unique three-dimensional appearance, which does not translate well to coffee table books.

However, even in printed copies of his artwork, his artwork is astoundingly beautiful. I have never had the privilege of viewing any of his artwork in person but I have long been fascinated by his amazingly vibrant creations. So I would like to share some of my favorites with my readers. Please click on the images to get a larger view. (excerpts of his biography courtesy of Wikiedia).

parrish daybreak


parrish taj majal

“Taj Mahal”



parrish reveries


About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus. I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to
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3 Responses to Maxfield Parrish Artwork

  1. huckleberryfrienduniverse says:

    I love art too.. Thanks a lot for introducing me to such brilliant work

    Liked by 1 person

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