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Maxfield Parrish - American Golden Age Illustrator - Parrish Art

Updated on November 19, 2013

Maxfield Parrish - American Golden Age Illustrator, 1870-1966]


Looking at the work of Maxwell Parrish makes me want to delve into the moment he painted each piece. They remind me of a fairy tale come to life. He has influenced so many since, you see it all the time in other peoples art. Who better could they model in regards to creating a world that feels nebulous to us and yet tangible at the same time. You just want to climb right in the picture and live there, find peace there or slay the dragon. In some of his pieces there are very strong overtones, passion and excitement abound. Ahhh to live inside of the mind of Maxfield Parrish.

Born Frederick Parrish in Philadelphia in 1870, he would later be called Maxfield Parrish. He passed in March 30, 1966. Have a stroll through my lens and be blessed. His passion and imagination are unforgettable.




as you enjoy my lens.

The music of Sarah Brightman is also below for purchase.

Quotes by Maxfield Parrish

I don't know what people find or like in me, I'm hopelessly commonplace! Current appreciation of my work is a bit highbrow, I've always considered myself a popular artist.

Maxfield Parrish

It is generally admitted that the most beautiful qualities of a color are in its transparent state, applied over a white ground with the light shining through the color.

Maxfield Parrish

Thank you for allowing me to use colors as rich and deep as you please. I had always wanted to do so, yet was never allowed because of the color capabilities of our lithographers. Now that I have done it, I don't think I'll ever go back.

Maxfield Parrish

The hard part is how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, of air and space.

Maxfield Parrish

There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish - whose prints would not pay the printer. The question of judgment is a puzzling one.

Maxfield Parrish

"Cinderella-Enchantment" by Maxfield Parrish

"Cinderella-Enchantment" by Maxfield Parrish
"Cinderella-Enchantment" by Maxfield Parrish

Ecstasy by Maxfield Parrish

Ecstasy  by Maxfield Parrish
Ecstasy by Maxfield Parrish

"Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist & Inventor Sculpt His Way Far Beyond Brilliant Conclusions"

This is my time, anyone's time, to reach beyond what was understood yesterday, yes, reach beyond brilliant conclusions even. This is the day and perfect time. Stretch your mind as did Leonardo da Vinci and many famous artists have.

"Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist & Inventor Sculpt His Way Far Beyond Brilliant Conclusions"

There were melodies past the rhythm of the expected

that caused my heart to echo applauds.

I clapped my hands together for I'd found my space there.

A space that I'd been longing for.

I pulled off my mask

and all my mental clothes

felt the freedom of deliverance

embraced my zeal for creativity and my own being

to be known.

I will not be contained I screamed

Hear me!

Seducing the blaze that strokes the vintage stranger

near ignored.

Let me explore artists of yore

Warhol, Picasso, Klimt, Modigliani


my reaching and reasoning being.

I love their passion.

Matisse, remind me of the colors and set my instincts in focus.

Help me feel the pigments with the eagerness of a lover.

Let me call on Leonardo da Vinci

scientist and inventor

sculpting his way beyond brilliant conclusions.

The depth of him

unquenchable curiosity

botanist, architect, mathematician,


Illegitimate son of a peasant woman

back in the day when those roots

did not bring one

too many dimensions.

I will not be contained I scream

looking at da Vinci and where my own life


or could


Ah Leonardo da Vinci what a mentor

dear muse you are.

This is my time

anyone's time

to reach beyond what was understood yesterday

yes, reach beyond brilliant conclusions even.

This is the day and perfect time.

The acquisition of knowledge


before us all.

How monumental

stunning and how truly amazing

this road

glorious opportunity

there directly in front of all of us.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2009

Photo is by Dennis Magnusen of an orchid in our yard. Copyright 2009


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Maxfield Parrish "Reveries"

Maxfield Parrish "Reveries"
Maxfield Parrish "Reveries"

Sarah Brightman CD's




This is the cd that has the song above.



Pixie Myths - Fairies Finding Their Way to Fantasy Stories

poem in the spirit of Parrish by Kathy Ostmn-Magnusen

Beyond the meadow

I did discover Pixie myths

fairies finding their way to fantasy stories

mythical little flower creatures of folklore

enchanting me

ahh such a lovely celtic dream.

My personal pixie darling

in a Victorian setting

sat beside me one glorious afternoon.

We shared the day and peeled off

the most delightful giggles.

On que

my attentive little darling

being a dear little audience


as I shared my fantasies

legends of mermaids

ships that set sail

on Scandinavian seas

and the sailors

who had been kidnapped

because of a mermaids undying love.

Legends, pixie myths,

real flower faeries

whimsical angels

blessing the day.

I recited on...

from books once stored away

and forgotten

of princes on white horses

rescuing the sleeping beauty

awakened by a kiss.

Whenever I paused to sip some tea

or take a nibble from a bit of chocolate

she brought me

my pointed ear companion

reminded me

in song

that magic is never all that far away.

Ahh my dear pixie fairy friend.

Finding a spot online

I showed my darling elf

a certain

Reading the last page

we chirped like birds

lured into a little pixie house

that we could cut out

fold together

and tie with ribbons of satin.

What a fun discovery!

Once in awhile

to this day

my splendid little pixie fairy

surprises me.

Whenever I think she has disappeared

or perhaps never existed at all

there she stands

as tiny as Disney's Tinkerbell

right there before my disbelieving eyes

offering me glimpses into her inspiration.

and so I take them

make little drawings of descriptions she shares

and put them in a box of koa

where all my childhood memories

and pixie myths

are stored.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: FREE ART GIFTS,suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website:

IMAGE is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just had to stop by again and enjoy this beautiful tribute to Maxfield Parish, what an exquisit gifting he shared with our world!

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Parrish is so easily recognizable. He has long been one of my favorites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "While here he blessed us with his passion and imagination that is unforgettable.", now that is a perfect description of Maxfield Parrish's creations, GLORY!

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      frances lm 5 years ago

      Hadn't really seen work by maxfield Parrish before. Thanks for the introduction.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      You picked the perfect artist to sing for this lens. Beautiful song by a beautiful singer for a beautiful lens! Angel blessed.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      maxfield parrish works of art are somewhat nostalgic and melancholic. squidangel blessings.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I honestly don't think I had ever heard of Maxfield Parrish. Thanks for the introduction. His art is quite evocative and symbolic.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I have always appreciated Parrish's art...and Sarah Brightman's music. Very nice lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Maxfield Parrish's art is lovely. Thanks for the history of this artist.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      lovely paintings maxfield parrish made. thank you for sharing and introducing these wonderful people.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I love his paintings, and I love Art Nouveau. Wonderful lens, and your art is fantastic, too!

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      My grandparents had a blue and white print of the image you put at the start of this lens. I've always loved it. I have a color print of it. Parrish was especially known for his belief that art should not be reserved for the upper classes--it should be available to everyone. He intentionally made his prints available at prices that ordinary people could afford. I admire him for that.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      By far one of my favorite artists. Well him and Waterhouse.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      well i thought I knew about parrish but you certainly showed I didn't know much! bravo!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Parrish is one of my favorite artists of all time. Beautiful lens filled with art.