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Maxfield Parrish: A Retrospective Hardcover – January, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications; 1st edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876545991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876545997
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was estimated in the 1920s that one out of four homes in America had one of Parrish's make-believe illustrations on the wall, and he remains one of our best-loved illustrators. This unique work, a celebration of "Parrish Blue" water and skies, hued hills, and young women draped in classical garments, is the result of a 1995 traveling exhibit, "Maxfield Parrish: A Retrospective." The Cutlers, he an architect and she a gallery owner, were instrumental in working with the Parrish Family Trust to put together that international exhibit to commemorate the artist's 125th birthday. The Cutlers were able to locate numerous items in private collections for the exhibit. Many of the 130 color plates are of these works, never reproduced before, while better-known pieces are lavishly reproduced from the original paintings rather than prints. The Parrish family offered rare photos for the biographical text, which is supplemented with a reminiscence by granddaughter Joanna Maxfield Parrish. Highly recommended for all collections.?Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dachsielover on August 2, 2009
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I own Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe by Gilbert and consider it a treasure, but this collection has more pictures and the colors appear to be truer than the other book. This has over 130 color plates, and more than 30 black-and-white drawings and some have never been published before this book (1995). Judy Cutler is an art dealer and has sold Parrish prints for more than 25 years and she has curated over 20 displays of Parrish's work and has worked with Parrish's son. Long story short, well worth the extra money if you are a fan. If you're not a fan you SHOULD be--this is beautiful work! I got it for half-price through Amazon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Hooper on March 1, 2006
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The book is a lovely companion to my Maxfield Parrish print. The color plates are very close to the actual art work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2012
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Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was best known for romantic images with an unmatched richness, captured by his uncanny use of color incorporating ultra-saturated hues and often times an intense cobalt blue. His paintings were created using alternating layers of color and transparent varnish over a monochromatic underpainting, sometimes totaling as many as 60 layers. This technique was superb for period reproductions using the four color printing process.

As one critic stated, `Everyone recognizes the magical world woven by Parrish, usually with the color lapiz lazuli in its purest form. His signature use of this color was so powerful that a certain cobalt blue became known as `Parrish Blue'. His idealized images with figures of feminine pulchritude adorned in classical gowns with backgrounds of electric violets, radiant reds and rich glowing earth tone pigments, created an idyllic world indeed. Other images had scenes embellished with billowing clouds in a fairy tale ambience of maidens and knights lying under porticoes and these were equally harmonic, idealistic, and beloved. Books illustrated by Parrish no longer belonged to their authors, but rather they became `Parrish' books, just as a generic color became `Parrish Blue.' As a result of this ability to create such a sublime splendor, Maxfield Parrish became unquestionably the most successful and best-known American illustrator of the early part of the twentieth century.'

Of the several book published on the life and works of Maxfield Parrish this volume is considered a catalogue raisonné as constructed and commented upon by Judy and Lawrence Cutler who were also privileged to include many of the personal information about he artist as a courtesy from his family. While this book served as a catalogue accompanying a traveling exhibition, it sands alone as a well-documented tribute to a unique American artist. Grady Harp, June 12
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