Spring Rushing Waters
Parrish lived close to the Connecticut River which still marks the demarcation between New Hampshire and Vermont. The artist was fond of painting the many faces of the river and loved the drama of the rushing waters and the wildness and sounds of breaking ice that usually happened in March. Perhaps his best “rushing waters” painting is this 1953 classic, which was named by him as Swift-Water. The Brown & Bigelow Company published this image as their summer calendar for 1956 using the name Misty Morn.
Spring melting snow in his home town of Plainfield New Hampshire means that the annual posting of springtime driving conditions on the famous gravel roads of the area will take place on March 2nd. of this year. “Mud Season” is what the locals call it, and if you drive anything weighing over about 4,500 lbs. on those back country roads, it had best be four-wheel drive.
When the roar of the river indicated the ice was beginning to break up in March, I loved to stand near the rushing torrents and watch mammoth slabs rushing downstream and breaking free of its winter chains.
My husband used to tease me and call me Captain Intrepid as well as counseling me not get too near the rushing water and be swept away….
Original Parrish Art For Sale
We thought our readers might enjoy viewing an interesting example of Parrish’s early art, and which is now available for purchase at a very reasonable price.
An original full sized 1896 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts show poster in an excellent state of preservation. By “full sized”, the poster dimensions are a huge 28″ x 44″. This particular poster has been personally autographed by Parrish himself, which is very rarely seen and hard to come by. Ludwig Catalog item #47.
In regards to our 2020 exhibit of Parrish originals currently for sale, please view all the paintings, watercolors, and drawings by clicking on the Art for Sale link above.
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