Major Maxfield Parrish Works Up For Auction
The paintings of American artist Maxfield Parrish often go unremarked upon in today's culture. Deemed dates, too romantic, perhaps even schmaltzy, for the most part he has been relegated to the past like Norman Rockwell, too earnest for our cynical modern world. But Parrish will get his day in the sun at the Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture at Christie's New York on May 20. That's when Christie's will offer the most significant collection of illustrations and paintings by Parrish ever seen at auction. Parrish's most famous work, Daybreak, shown above, is estimated to sell for $4 million to $7 million. The estimated price for the iconic painting is less than the $7.6 million it sold for back in 2006 at Christie's setting a world auction record for a Parrish work.
Parrish had a long career illustrating for magazines including Life, Scribner's, Harper's Weekly, and Collier's as well as other commissions. Another piece up for sale is Sing a Song of Six Pence, estimated at $2.5-3.5 million, a nearly six-foot long mural created in 1910 for the hotel bar of the Sherman House in Chicago, Illinois. His Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, estimated at $1.5-2.5 million, graced the cover of Hearst's Magazine's November 1912 issue. His technique combined traditional painting with other technology. Later he decided he was done painting girls on rocks and moved onto landscapes. His Sheltering Oaks, estimated at $600,000-800,000, was originally published in a 1960 calendar for The Mutual Insurance Company of Frederick County, Maryland. The landscape features his signature blue sky, a dazzling glazed color dubbed "Parrish blue."