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Discovery of Art: Maxfield Parrish (2008)

Discovery of Art , DOA  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Discovery of Art
  • Directors: DOA
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur White Star
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X5JAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This informative program presents a look at the greatest works of art created by this extraordinary artist.

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was one of the greatest American painters and illustrators of the 20th century. Brilliant blue skies, pastoral landscapes and captivating figures are his art s signature characteristic. The scope of his work was enormous, including covers for magazines, theater sets, paintings, photographs, as well as murals and graphic work ranging from posters to calendars.

Throughout his long career, Parrish s use of the latest technical innovations fostered an exploration of the relationship between fine and commercial art. These technical advances also allowed reproductions of Parrish s art to find their way into most American homes during the first three decades of the twentieth century. There have been few American artists whose works are so easily recognizable. Although his artwork was dismissed by the critical art world at the time of his death, it has recently enjoyed a renewed interest by contemporary artists and critics.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Turn Off the Audio December 5, 2008
Maxfield Parrish and his artwork have been enjoying renewed discovery and re-evaluation of late, emerging from thinly veiled contempt accorded a commercial illustrator to recognition as an important and influential American artist whose use and development of glazes, color, and super-realism continue to influence artists in the present century.

This DVD presents an overview of Parrish's illustrations and paintings from his earliest drawings to his final landscape. Some of these illustrations have not been published at large; there are four or five I've never seen printed anywhere. Some of the paintings shown on this DVD appear to have been filmed from the original art rather than prints; their color is stunning.

Unfortunately, this DVD has little else to recommend it. The narration is redundant and sometimes incorrect. Parrish never married model Susan Lewin; his relationship with her was a minor scandal in his community. Nor are the illustrations always correlative with the narration. Apparently, the producers of this documentary had limited access to Parrish's body of work, and several of the same paintings appear over and over again. No narrative mention is made of the "Florentine Fete" murals, nor of the groundbreaking color range employed in the Vanderbilt murals, two key points in Parrish's career and development as an artist.

The only feature more annoying than the narration is the music, which sounds like something you might hear in a grocery store.

There are plenty of good book collections of Parrish's art, particularly those authored by Alma Gilbert. This DVD has value only for the artwork it contains that has not been published in book form. View it for that, with the sound turned off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an atypical artist April 30, 2008
I didn't know anything about this artist. I enjoyed this work and I imagine his fans would really like it. He was not a typical, gallery artist. Toulouse-Lautrec's works were posters; Norman Rockwell did work for magazine covers. Parrish made many works for children's books. Honestly, if you think that children's books are "low culture" or you hate anything not rendered in a realist style, then you may not like Parrish's work.
This documentary is just a slide lecture. The makers try to jazz it up by having instrumental music playing in the background. I don't recall the work ever showing a photo or self-portrait of the artist. Like Georgia O'Keeffe (sp?) and Frank Lloyd Wright, this artist was inspired by the Southwest.
Because he did so much work for children's stories, there's a chance that children may sit through this and be delighted.
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