During these dog days of summer in the year 2020….with excessive heat, stock market crashes, and ranting politicos deploying militias to cities while simultaneously suggesting to delay the November elections…..it is heavenly to think of quiet places where a summer stillness is reflected in a placid stretch of water across a millpond, created at a time when the release of water impounded by a dam provided power for the turning of mill wheels.
A real life power dam and former mill building was the inspiration for Parrish’s exquisite 1945 painting of a mill pond and its adjacent mill building still to be found in the quiet Vermont countryside across the Connecticut River from Parrish’s hometown in New Hampshire. Known simply as The Millpond, this image was used by the Brown & Bigelow Publishing Company for their 1948 annual calendar.
Parrish had an extensive machine shop that occupied the entire lower floor of his studio and which housed an impressive array of machines the artist used to create props for his paintings.
This wood model of a little mill building with its waterwheel would be positioned on a platform by the artist to achieve just the right three-dimensional view. Fortunately for us, Parrish would photograph objects and scenes, and develop the glass slides to remind him of images and scenery he hoped to recreate in his future paintings, as discussed in my book titled The Mechanic Who Loved to Paint.
The above two prints from glass plate negatives are from the Parrish family archives at the Rauner Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
The status of The Millpond, generally considered to be one of the three most successful Parrish landscapes, was established by its sale through Sotheby’s on November 2019 for the most money to have been paid thus far for a Parrish landscape: $2,420,000.00.
Wyeth Limited Edition Bicentennial Prints
My regular clients have been contacted and appraised of the details of a set of 1976 Metropolitan Museum of Art bicentennial Andrew Wyeth limited edition prints, which are currently offered for sale through me at this time.
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.
Contact Alma Gilbert for the full catalogue and price list: email@example.com