Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Maxfield Parrish

I just lent a book out about Maxfield Parrish, and am captured by his great dramatic settings. Here are just a few images that I found on the web to share along with. Parrish specialized in fairy tales and mythology. His illustrations, even out of context seem to induce moods rather than to illustrate incidents, to capture the moment and crystalize it. Parrish has sometimes been called a pop artist of the 1920's from his use of bold colours and contrast, this was achieved by using an ancients method which the old masters like Leonardo da Vinci used. He would build up tones by means of glazes, one over another. It is a very slow process, but the result is rather impressive, in addition Parrish commented that he enjoyed to work slowly. (So do I!)

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