I don't think I've told you that I'm rather fond of the work of Maxfield Parrish. He's not a particularly well known artist today, but within the circle of early 20th century printers and poster artists he was a stand-out.
He was a painter and for the most part his paintings were strictly done in order to be printed. Apparently, he frequently chose color combinations that may have looked awkward in person, but were perfect when printed. I'm also told that his adopted home town of Plainfield, New Hampshire is filled with amazing large murals and a set he designed. Ahh, I must visit it someday.
Some people are very fond of his dreamy scenes of beautiful young women among amazing landscapes, perfect cloud formations, and lovely skies so full of fantasy. Others prefer the rich landscapes of his later years. And, although I admire all of his work, I prefer his quirky whimsical charactures.
A perfect example of this is "The Knave of Hearts" which is a delightful twist on the poem about those silly tarts of the Queen of Hearts. I recently ordered this book from Amazon and have been just delighted. It's a VERY large book with extremely thick pages and beautiful copies of his work. For me, it's the PERFECT coffee table book in all respects. A perfect feast for the senses--rich colors, nice weight, sensuous paper.
Just thought I'd share!
Heaps of Hugs,