Sketch from "The Canyon"

Sketch from “The Canyon”

This is my study from “The Canyon” by Maxfield Parrish. When I was young, I spent hours looking over the illustrative works by Parrish. His ability to incorporate saturated colors and mythological subjects made him the perfect artist to capture a child’s imagination. He created images for poetry books, story books (such as the Arabian Nights), and song books. Most of his figures were androgynous – enabling boys and girls alike to imagine themselves in his amazing landscapes.

Parrish was one of the most popular American artists in the early 1900’s. Norman Rockwell said, “Maxfield Parrish was certainly one of our most prominent illustrators and hardly a home in America existed that didn’t have a Maxfield Parrish print… [He] was a painter-illustrator. He was in the Golden Age of Illustration. When I was in art school I admired him. He was one of my gods.”

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