Parrish, Maxfield

Parrish, Maxfield,

1870–1966, American painter and illustrator, b. Philadelphia; pupil of Howard PylePyle, Howard,
1853–1911, American illustrator and writer, b. Wilmington, Del., studied at the Art Students League, New York City. His illustrations appeared regularly in Harper's Weekly, and in many other American magazines.
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. He is known for his original and highly decorative posters, magazine covers, and book illustrations and for his murals, including decorations for the building of the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia. His glowing colors, especially the blues, are characteristic. He illustrated Washington Irving's "Knickerbocker" History of New York, Eugene Field's Poems of Childhood, The Arabian Nights, Kenneth Grahame's Golden Age and Dream Days, and many other volumes.


See biographies by P. W. Sheeter (1973) and C. Ludwig (1973); S. Yount et al., Maxfield Parrish, 1870–1966 (1999).

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Parrish, (Frederick) Maxfield

(1870–1966) illustrator, painter; born in Philadelphia. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Howard Pyle (1891–93), later joining the well-known art colony in Cornish, N.H. (1898). He became famous for his technically skilled and highly decorative illustrations, bookcovers, murals, and best-selling color prints like Daybreak (1920). Retiring from illustration in the 1930s, he spent the rest of his life painting rural landscapes, reproduced on calendars and greeting cards.
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