Saturday, July 31, 2010

"The Knave of Hearts"

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,


  1. Hi Miss Cheryl,

    Thank you for the interesting and educational posting.

    What we liked the most was "Heaps of Hugs" (o:

    AND...Heaps of Hugs back to you.

    Prudence & Sissy

    Mom & Dad are out and I have sole "ownership: of Mom's "puter". Giggle.

  2. Ooh, I'd not come across him before, thanks for sharing, that book looks wonderful

  3. Thank you for sharing this Cheryl!
    Hope your bears and you are all fine!

  4. Thank you very much for sharing this information with us. It's very interesting , I didn't know it.
    Have a nice weekend!!!

  5. Hi Cheryl,
    Interesting work and info about Maxfield Parrish. He really was a talent!

    So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower. I have really enjoyed my visit here and am now a follower too.
    Happy Belated Birthday and happiness always.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  6. I too am a fan of Maxfield Parrish! We had the good fortune to see a stunnimg display of his work and HOW he made these lovely works in a little museum in Windsor Vt. It is a machine museum with intricate craftsmen/s journeymans'
    models . Working scale models of machines were crafted by them to finish their skills and by retired men to pass the time. Stunning! theres a gun factory below, and they have guest exhibits. Mr Parish lived across the border in NH as you said..his method of accheiving these paintings are astonishing! True science and ART!


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