Maxfield Parrish (American 1870-1966)

Maxfield Parrish

American Maxfield Parrish has a color of cobalt blue named after him. He was a painter and illustrator from the Art Deco Era. He painted storytales and advertizements for Harpers Bazaar and companies like Edison Mazda.  He almost always painted a landscape in his paintings even if they were tiny and through a window. Towards the end of his life he started doing versions of his figurative work without the person.

Primitive Man
Dinky Bird

Moonlight - With figure painted out
Maxfield with Painting

Maxfield Parrish Quote: “There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish – whose prints would not pay the printer. The question of judgment is a puzzling one. “

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  1. Maxfield Parrish wife Lydia Parrish made a valuable contribution to this society by preserving our precious slave songs along the coast of Georgia, in her book called Slave songs of Georgia Sea Islands. I just browsed through Maxfield’s painting checking to see if he painted any pictures of slaves his wife had the privileged of knowing. And I would like to know more history of this family. Are children alive. I would like to communicate to them. We are keeping the tradition Ring Shout alive here in Santa Barbara, CA. Just like Lydia begged and pleaded to ex slaves and descendant to sing and do the Ring Shout, I have to do the same. However, this history is special I am willing to keep trying. Anyway, I would like more history of the Parrish family. I will be telling the Ring Shout story for a local library.
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