Wild Geese

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Wild Geese
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1924
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Model: Kitty Owen
Project: Reproduction by House of Art, 1924

Issued as a color reproduction by The House of Art in 1924.

Ruth “Kitty” Owen, the granddaughter of Williams Jennings Bryan, also posed for Daybreak (1922, reclining figure), Morning (1922), and The Canyon (1924).

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Stars

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Stars
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1926
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 35 1/8″ x 21 3/4″
Model: Jean Parrish
Project: Reproduction by House of Art, 1926

Issued as a color reproduction by House of Art in December 1926 or early 1927.

Jean also modeled for Mary, Mary Quite Contrary (1921), Jack and the Beanstalk (1923), Evening (1921 or 1944), Daybreak (1922, standing girl), Knave of Hearts (1922, Prince), Dreaming (1928), and Ecstasy (1929).

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Hilltop

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Hilltop
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1926
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Size: 35 1/8″ x 21 3/4″
Model:
Project: Color reproduction for The House of Art

Two young women recline on a rocky hilltop. Behind them stands a grand old oak tree. Distant mountains adorn the background.

Issued in December 1926 or early 1927 as a color art reproduction by The House of Art.

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Dreaming, aka October

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Dreaming, aka October
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1928
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 32″ x 50″
Model:
Project: Reproduction for The House of Art

Parrish finished the painting in March of 1928 calling it October. It was issued as a color reproduction in late fall by The House of Art. This was the last painting Maxfield Parrish did for The House of Art.

After the print was published, Parrish removed the person reclining on the rock along with a lot of the right side of the picture. He intended to add a second tree to “stengthen the composition.” The repainting was still unfinished when he died.

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Ecstasy

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Ecstasy
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1929
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 36″ x 24″
Model: Jean Parrish
Project: General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1930.

Commissioned for the 1930 General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, this painting depicts a young woman standing on the edge of a cliff, back arched, her hands lifting her hair, clearly enjoying the sun on her face and the wind whipping through her hair and clothing. Distant mountains and a “Parrish blue” sky with fluffy white clouds make up the background. A blue river winds below the cliff.

Parrish’s youngest child, Jean, born in 1911, posed for Ecstasy just before leaving for Smith College. Jean was the only child to follow her parents’ profession. She also posed for Parrish more often than her three older brothers, Dillwyn, Max Jr., and Stephen. Jean also modeled for Mary, Mary Quite Contrary (1921), Jack and the Beanstalk (1923), Evening (1921 or 1944), Daybreak (1922, standing girl), Knave of Hearts (1922, Prince), Stars (1926), and Dreaming (1928).

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Waterfall

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Waterfall
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1930
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 30″ x 22″
Model:
Project: General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1931.

General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1931.

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Solitude

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Solitude
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1931
Medium: Oil on panel
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Model:
Project: General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1932.

General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1932.

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Moonlight

February 4th, 2008 by Tina
Name: Moonlight
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1932
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 32″ x 23″
Model: Kathleen Philbrick Read
Project: General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1934

General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1934. Poor Kathleen: Parrish painted her out as early as February 1935. He was getting tired of painting “girls on rocks.”

Moonlight by Maxfield Parrish after girl removedThis is just one of several pictures that Parrish revisited to remove the figures and turn into a landscape.

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Dreamlight

February 3rd, 2008 by Tina
Name: Dreamlight
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1924
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:
Model:
Project: General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1925.

General Electric Mazda Lamp Calendar, 1925.

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Morning

February 3rd, 2008 by Tina
Name: Morning
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1922
Medium: Oil on panel.
Size: 19 5/8 in x 15 in.
Model:
Project: Cover for Life, April 6, 1922
Location: private collection

Cover for Life, April 6, 1922; the altered version shown here published by House of Art, 1924.

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