art, maxfield parrish, no wonder the other kids thought I was weird, nudie nymphs - posted on November 26, 2010 by

parrish skies


It’s been a beautiful day here in London. Bitterly cold but crisp of air, blue of sky, and with the kind of luminous sunshine that seems to envelop everything in liquid rose-gold.

Looking out the window at the trees (I’m not silly enough to actually be outside!), the last remaining autumn leaves look like their edges are dipped in glitter. They, and the fresco-like sunset behind them, remind me of the work of Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), one of my favourite Art Nouveau artists.

 Daybreak (1922)

I was romantic of mind even when I was little (in case the fairy costume hasn’t given that away already) and someone once kindly gave a calendar of Parrish’s work, guessing correctly that I’d fall in love with the fantastical imagery. Once that year was through I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I retained all of the images and plastered my walls with them, joining the posters of Marilyn, Fred & Ginger, Bogart & Bacall and River Phoenix that I had in my bedroom (the latter being the one nod towards the popular culture of the time!).

 Contentment (1927)

Twelve magical images that I used to escape into, imagining I was that nymph dangling my toes into the still water…

 Evening (1921)

Gazing at the starry sky…

 Stars (1926)

With my head in the clouds (a happy place to keep it!).

Ecstasy (1929)

Who are your favourite artists and how did you discover them?  I’d love to know.




Stunning! Lovely to find a ‘new’ artist that I like and not dissimilar from my own favourite, Frederick Lord Leighton, P.R.A., whose ‘Flaming June’ is rather famous, among others. I ‘found him’ in the National Gallery of New South Wales when I was taking a weekend break from the corporate responsibilities that had taken me there about 10 years ago; it was love at first sight of his magnificent and enormous oil on canvas entitled ‘Cymon & Iphigenia’, 1884. See the link for an image and commentary.
Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I love the “ST” ‘heart’ alpha-glyph.
xx Jazzibelle xx

Holly Springett

Beautiful post, just discovered your blog via Mademoiselle Robot!


Thanks Holly – really appreciate the feedback! It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

And Jazzibelle, what can I say? ‘Cymon & Iphigenia’ is just stunning. Thanks for sharing!


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