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Maxfield Parrish:  Master of Make-Believe

Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe
Alma M. Gilbert
London : Philip Wilson Publishers, 2005
N6537 .P264 A4 2005

Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe describes the life and popularity of this famous twentieth-century American artist. This beautifully illustrated catalogue, which is written from a factual humanistic perspective, includes all types of Parrish's work, from his sumptuous murals to his fun and lively works based on Mother Goose's fairytales. The works included come from collections all over the United States, including museums like the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where Parrish studied, as well as private collectors who have been persuaded to part with treasures to give the artist the exposure that he deserves.

Readers unfamiliar with Parrish's name will find an artist with an extraordinary talent for using colours, as well as an ability to create fantastical worlds, for children and adults. "I am hopelessly commonplace, I don't know what people see in me!", the artist commented in his standard lowkey delivery. What we see is an artist who still believes in beautiful places of gorgeous imagery executed in masterful realism based on imagination, talent and execution for its concept. Maxfield Parrish's art is instantly accessible and real.

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