Updated: Jul 25
Video from Pete Beard
The Painted Perfection of Maxfield Parrish
"Early on in the Unsung Heroes series I featured American illustrator Maxfield Parrish. But in truth he's not all that unsung, and in the USA in particular he is considered one of the all time greats, with good reason. So I hope that this more detailed examination of his work will make amends for that earlier error of judgement." from video introduction.
"In my youthful obsession with Fantasy and Science Fiction Literature, Art and Film Maxfield Parrish enthralled me! And to this day I am enchanted by his paintings. For those of you who have not seen his work or perhaps did not know you had seen his work this video will be a treat." - Andy
"As children, none of us can forget the first instance of seeing an art print or a book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. Everyone recognizes the magical world woven by Parrish, usually with the color lapis 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..." from the National Museum of American Illustration (website)