The Florentine Fete Murals, Philadelphia 1911-1916
In 1911 Maxfield Parrish was commissioned to paint what would become eighteen murals for the Curtis Publishing Company building located in Independence Square in Philadelphia, directly across the green from the historic Independence Bell. The murals were commissioned by Edward Bok, editor of The Ladies Home Journal magazine. Parrish created the Presentation Piece measuring 54″ x 21″ as the initial example of what the murals would represent: a group of young people in court feeling the wonders of love with Spring in the air.
All of the subsequent panels were 126″ high. The largest and final piece, the Florentine Fete, shown below, measures 126″ x 207″. It is appropriate now that images of these panels be used to represent the coming of the month of May with its celebrations of love, youth, and Spring.
After the Curtis building was sold by its owner, John W. Merriam in the early 1990’s, I was called to consult regarding the panels which had been removed from the walls of what was the women’s dining room on the top floor of the original building.
The building was subsequently heavily remodeled, resulting in the removal of the top floor dining room in the process. The preserved panels were stored, then sold shortly after Mr. Merriam’s passing.
LATEST MOVIE NEWS
The movie script about the life of MAXFIELD PARRISH which has been a goal in my life is finally finished. Professional screen writer Jalynn Venis and I cooperated to bring this story to life. The script is based on two of my books: “The Masterworks” and the “The Secret Letters”.
The latest news about the movie project, which was entitled simply “Parrish” , saw Jalynn Venis win the prestigious Colorado Authors’ League award for best screen play. Here is Jalynn’s message to me on May 6th:
I won this award for the “Parrish” screenplay on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Colorado Authors’ League Awards Banquet at the Arvada Center.
“Parrish” was one of five finalists in the competition… Because of the quality of the competition and my high regard for the other writers, I had absolutely no expectations of winning this award. When Awards Chairman Jerry Mitchell named the winner of the 2018 Screenplay competition as “Parrish”, I was thunderstruck…
It was a surreal experience as I walked up to the stage where CAL president Denny Dressman handed me a trophy before I stepped up on stage to shake Mitchell’s hand and say a few words at the podium. I thought about you and hoped you would be proud.
Also in regards to our 2018 exhibit of Parrish originals currently for sale, please view all the paintings, watercolors, and drawings by clicking on the Art for Sale link above.
Contact Alma Gilbert for the full catalogue and price list: firstname.lastname@example.org