Maxfield Parrish: Master of Light

The National Museum of American Illustration states that “as children, none of us can forget the first instance of seeing an art print or a book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.


For my part, that statement is absolutely true. Parrish’s colors and golden glowing light created scenes that were truly magical; the light so perfect, the surroundings so beautiful, they suggested a true utopia.

I can remember staring for hours at his illustrations for L. Frank Baum’s Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. The words paled in comparison to his remarkable illustrations.

Indeed, it has been said that the books illustrated by MP, soon became known as Parrish books, regardless of the author’s name.

His painting style was a perfect fit for the art deco era, and when seen today, screams 1920s and 30s, and though the style is out of vogue, his paintings are classics in every sense of the word, and remain popular to this day.


For more information on this treasured American illustrator, please click on the link below:

Maxfield Parrish: National Museum of American Illustration


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