The month of May encompasses several occasions where we traditionally remember days past: May Day, Mothers’ Day, and Memorial Day to name the ones most commonly observed.
For the month of May, we extracted from our archives the image of a little known and almost completely forgotten early work by Maxfield Parrish. A work which seems to us to perfectly symbolize all of the above memorial observances for this month.
This absolutely splendid double panel memorial work, which was a significant early step to Parrish’s climb to fame, was commissioned by Mrs. Percy Morgan in 1898 as an over-mantel for the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts. It consists of two oil on canvas paintings each measuring 2’9” x 2’ and then mounted in the one-piece wood frame you see in the photo. We feel that the messages contained in this thoughtful work need no further comment.
Then of course each spring, we must also remember the magnificent flowering gardens at Parrish’s New Hampshire home, The Oaks.
The flowering of the 100 year old spirea bushes in front of the house in the spring of 2009 was spectacular, almost a once-in-a-decade display.
We were there with camera in hand.
*** In gratitude to my husband, Peter Smith, without whose help this web site would not be possible. ***
In regards to our 2021 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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