2018 Maxfield Parrish Exhibit & Sale!

MAY 2018

The Florentine Fete Murals, Philadelphia 1911-1916

Presentation Piece, 1911

 

 

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.

Florentine Fete, 1916

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.

Jalynn Vanis Award

“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: agilbert@almagilbert.com

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4 thoughts on “2018 Maxfield Parrish Exhibit & Sale!

  1. Dear Alma, I was just sharing my copy of the book you wrote on Maxfield and Sue Lewin and telling them them of you’re encouragement and support .We met at you’re gallery in Burlingame in the late 1980’s and you had a display of my drawings and paintings. I still remember how amazed I was to find you’re gallery filled with original Parrish paintings and Rembrandt prints. Being able to study those pieces and the insights that you shared have been a great inspiration in my work. I often use the technique of a blue ​under painting as Parri​sh did. Thank you for you’re work in advancing the appreciation of his work. You can see examples of some of my pieces on my web site.

    Hoping all is well with you,

    Richard

  2. I just discovered your site while looking up exhibits of the works of Maxfield Parrish, many of our fall traveling customers are asking where they can see these at a museum? I was trying to answer their questions? I know you had a beautiful collection as I remember as you personally gave me a tour when the museum was open in Windsor VT near my diner. We miss you!

    • Theresa! Lovely hearing from you! There are no Parrish exhibits currently. All the Parrish I advertise on my website are available for sale by their owners. You might like to see “Hunt Farm” the Parrish original that is owned by Dartmouth College. It’s in their museum. The State Library in Concord, NH dedicated a room in honor of all those years I spent bringing paintings to the museum both in Windsor, VT and in Cornish, NH. There are some prints, books as well as art that I gave them to put into the room. That might still be available to be seen. Thank you for remembering my husband and I. We had many happy meals in your diner. Parrish also frequented it, but that was before your time. ags

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