Maxfield Parrish Sky

IMG_6838 IMG_6839Maxfield Parrish lived in Windsor, VT, not too far from where I live. His paintings are well known for their highly saturated, fantastically lit clouds and landscapes. On some days, I think he truly painted what he saw in real life, as seen above in photos I took recently at the end of the day.


Sunlit Valley by Maxfield Parrish

Mr. Parrish lived from 1870-1966 and was part of Cornish Colony, artists who lived and created around Cornish, New Hampshire in the early 20th century. His work continues to be popular and the Cornish Colony Museum in Windsor houses some of his paintings, which seen in person are amazing, simply because books don’t do the work justice. I particularly like a floor to ceiling wall mural featuring courtly scenes common in a lot of his work. Well worth the visit if you are in the area.

Hilltop by Maxfield Parrish

Hilltop by Maxfield Parrish

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16 Responses to Maxfield Parrish Sky

  1. Yes, your clouds capture his palette to a T Eliza! I love Parrish and have several of his prints in my office. I also find it interesting that his primary work was as a commercial artist doing advertising spreads. Nice pictures, yours and his.

  2. Sharon K. says:

    These are fantastic, Eliza. Thank you for the introduction to Maxfield Parrish. His work is stunning.

    Your cloudscapes absolutely evoke his work. Just gorgeous.

    Thank you!!

  3. Parrish is one of my favorites! The way he depicts the sun’s rays and shadows simply captures the eye. I can get lost in his work.

    You certainly captured what he may have seen so many years ago, Eliza. Great shots.

  4. Chris King says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful!


  5. Eva PoeteX says:

    How gorgeous. Wow!

  6. Moti Polk says:

    Spectacular shot, and yes those are truly Maxfield Parrish colors!

  7. Eliza! My husband and I saw a collection of Maxfield Parrish’s work in Philadelphia at the Fine Arts Institute years ago. I owned a vintage print and have always loved his work. His one in particular Norwich-Vermont is one I always refer to when I see an evening sky like his painting, and say to Gene, “Oh, a Maxfield-Parrish sky tonight!” You have captured “his sky” beautifully.

  8. My sister lives in Woodstock, Vt. and I remember her husband making this same connection when we were out walking one evening and admiring the sky. I always thought Parrish made up those sky views until I saw them in person.

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