Happy Thanksgiving to all Maxfield Parrish fans
It has been some time now since Pilgrims could wander out into the woods and bag their own turkey to bring back home for Thanksgiving. However, back in 1909, apparently this was not so far fetched memory for our beloved Maxfield Parrish. Witness his painting called “Thanksgiving” done for the Collier’s Magazine company.
An avid hunter toting a muzzle-loading black-powder musket with a downed wild turkey slung over his shoulders. Collier’s thought enough of this image to use it as the cover of their “Thanksgiving Number” issue of November 20, 1909. So enjoy some long ago memories of “The Way It Was”.
In this day and age of political and economic uncertainty and discord, it is refreshing to find the art auction markets active and flourishing. Witness these four hugely important Parrish paintings scheduled to appear at auction this November. I have enjoyed helping the auction houses of Christie’s and Sotheby’s with the background and provenance (ownership) information for these four paintings.
The Millpond was done in 1945 and appeared as the Brown & Bigelow summer calendar for 1948.
Cleopatra was done in 1917 for use as the Crane’s Chocolate Candy box top decoration.
The study for a poster for Scribner’s Magazine was early in Parrish’s career, in 1897
Aucassin Seeks For Nicolette was used as the frontispiece in color for the July 1903 issue of Scribner’s Magazine.
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 2019 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