Saturday, May 26, 2012

Maxfield Parrish: The Retrospective opens at the National Museum of American Illustration

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Maxfield Parrish, Venetian Lamplighters, 1924, oil on canvas, 28 3/4" x 18 3/4".© 2012 National Museum of American Illustration™ Newport RI 02840. Photos courtesy Archives of American Illustrators Gallery™ NYC 10075.

NEWPORT, RI.- The National Museum of American Illustration announces a milestone exhibition for the 2012 Summer Season – Maxfield Parrish: The Retrospective – debuting Friday, May 25, and on display through September 2, 2012. Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was best known for romantic images with an unmatched richness, captured by his uncanny use of color incorporating ultra-saturated hues and often times an intense cobalt blue. His paintings were created using alternating layers of color and transparent varnish over a monochromatic underpainting, sometimes totaling as many as 60 layers. This incredible technique was superb for period reproductions using the four color printing process. The resultant luminosity of Parrish’s original artworks must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, for they are uniquely breathtaking with great depth and intense colors unmatched by any other artist before or sinc ... More

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