Maxfield Parrish: Art of Light and Illusion

Maxfield Parrish: Art of Light and Illusion
May 23 - September 7, 2015
Sponsored in part by the Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley
(Erna Morgan McReynolds and Tom Morgan)

As one of the most popular American artists of the twentieth century, Maxfield Parrish created fantastic images of fairy-tale figures and idyllic landscapes in a style that was all his own. Through a prolific career that spanned from the 1890s through the 1960s, Parrish became one of America’s first truly “public” artists. The mass reproduction of his paintings—originally intended as book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, calendars, and murals—ensured his reputation as one of the most widely-known figures in the history of art. It has been said that in 1925 a lithograph of his most well-known painting Daybreak could be found in one out of every four American homes.  Parrish’s magical artwork continues to capture the imagination and inspire today’s artists, musicians, and filmmakers.

The exhibition features approximately 45 pieces, including paintings, prints, and sketches.  Photographs show Parrish's influence in contemporary films.  It also  includes props, models, and tools that illustrate the intricate creative process used by Parrish enabling him to produce these fantastical works of American art.

Image: Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). Interlude, 1922. Oil on linen canvas. 84 in. x 60 in. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: Lent by the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.