Maxfield Parrish: Luminous Illustrations

Maxfield Parrish (1870- 1966) was a 20th- century American painter and illustrator. His artworks are characterized by the use of highly saturated colors and idealized neo- classical imagery. He used glazing technique to achive such vibrant colors. That is, he first applied a translucent paint and glaze (an oil medium) on the canvas. Parrish generally prefered a blue and white monochromatic underpainting. So, the Parish blue took its name after him.

Parrish would also take pictures of models in black and white and cut the images to put on his canvas. He would later cover them with glaze which gave the three dimensional effect to his paintings. Here are some of Parrish’s amazing artworks.

Ecstasy by Maxfield Parrish


Jason and His Teacher

Jason and his teacher by Maxfield Parrish

Poet’s Dream

Poet's dream by Maxfield Parrish

The Lantern Bearers by Maxfield Parrish

The Lantern Bearers by Maxfield Parrish

The National Museum of American Illustration regarded his painting Daybreak (1922) as the most successful art print of the 20th century.

Daybreak by Maxfield Parrish

Winter Night Landscape

Winter Night Landscape by Maxfield Parrish

The Blue Fountain

The Blue Fountain by Maxfield Parrish

Morning Light

Morning Light by Maxfield Parrish

Quite Solitude

Quite Solitude

Getting Away from It All

Getting Away from it all

Good Fishing

Good Fishing

Moon Light

Moon Light