Shown below are the Maxfield Parrish paintings which we currently have for sale as of February 2015. Brief descriptions, dates, and background information follow the pictures. You may click on each icon for an enlarged view.
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1. Study for Swiftwater/Misty Morn. 1953. Size: 7 1/2″ x 5″. Media: Oil on board. Don’t let the relatively small size fool you. This is an extraordinary, finely detailed painting. Hard to believe that it was not itself the end product. However, we must call it a “study” as Parrish later produced a final painting in the dimensions he normally used for the Brown & Bigelow landscapes. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
2. Independence Number. 1905. Size 19″ x 16″. Media: Oil on paper mounted on board. The Collier’s Magazine cover painting for July 1905. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
3. Dreaming/October. 1928. Size: 32″ x 50″. Media: Oil on board. Extremely famous and rare work, the only one in existence that graphically shows how the artist painted. It was done originally for the House of Art as “Dreaming”. Parrish decided to change it into an ode to the month of October and was working on it when he died. From the former collection of Whoopi Goldberg. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
4. Encounter at Mermaid Tavern c. 1895. Size 16″ x 20″. Media: A watercolor and oil sketch on paper. Unsigned. This is the earlier of two known studies by Parrish for the finished painting which illustrated a story of the same name in Century Magazine. Both studies are in the same media, and on the same kind of paper. Both are the same size. The later study is signed with a script “Parrish” on the lower right side. This study is not signed. This particular study was discovered by Maxfield Parrish, Jr. among his father’s papers during his administration of the artist’s estate. He authenticated this work in a letter to Alma Gilbert in 1976. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
5. What They Talked About. 1899. Size: 14″ x 10″. Media: Three pen and ink finished drawings which are the originals for three of the thirteen tailpieces used for the book: Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1899. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
6. Child Eating. 1896. Size: 6″ x 5″. Media: Brown paper and pencil cutout done in preparation for the advertising contest sponsored by the Hornsby Oatmeal Company of Buffalo, NY. The finished poster won Parrish a first prize of $150. This item is Ludwig Catalog #56. Parrish gave it as a gift to the artist Hannes Bok, and it is from that estate. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
7. A cutout for the figure in the painting Ecstasy. Done c. 1929. Size 11 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ Media: brown paper and pencil. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
8. A design study for the Shelila’s Barge (also known as Cleopatra’s Barge). 1908. Size 8 1/4″ x 9″, Media: oil on board cutout. The design was incorporated in the painting Cleaopatra, done in 1917 for the House of Art. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
9. Study for the cast of characters page in the Knave of Hearts book. 1923. Size 7″ x 11 1/2″ Media: Oil on panel. This was part of the preliminary studies presented to Scribner’s Publishng as a proposal for illustrating the book. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
10. Harper’s Magazine cover design, September 1900. Size 14″ x 9 3/4″. Media: Oil and ink on paper. This very early cover design was used several times by the magazine, changing only the date each time. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
11. Welcome Home Teddy. 1910. Size 15 3/4″ x 9 1/4″. Media: oil on paper. The painting for the cover of the dinner program at Sherry’s Restaurant in New York, honoring President Roosevelt on June 22, 1910. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
12. Toy Show Poster study. 1908. Oil on Board. Size: 4″ x 2 1/2″ The finished poster was for the toy show which opened in Madison Square Garden, in conjunction with the Collier’s Magazine cover for the December 1908 issue. Price Upon Request.