Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Maxfield Parrish

I like to hear of other people with 'field' in their names (like Matthew Elderfield the new financial regulator in Ireland).

I was watching a Gorillaz video. Noodle was set against clouds, standing and looking out over a high prominence and it reminded me of Maxfield. The clouds.

The subjects of Maxfield's paintings look like statues from antiquity. Yet they have a modern flourish and there is an excitement in the natural and classical settings. The painting above is named 'Ecstasy'. The world is being born again. Perhaps that's how the beginning of the American 20th century looked to Maxfield ?

Do you like his paintings? He was an illustrator too who made many advertisements in his day. If you're ever in San Francisco you can pop into Maxfield's bar at the Palace Hotel to admire his Pied Piper of Hamlin painting.

1 comment:

smb2009 said...

Maxfield's now serves a delightful "Madman" Martini for Fans of the TV Show "MadMen" under the watchful eyes of the "pied piper" painting.

Fitting for our times. He who pays the piper, or doesn't, as the case may be.