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Galileo casts an eye up the page --- Mission --- hmmmm, heavy word. What do I AIM to do on this site? With your permission, allow me to put it this way ...
That lil tyke stood many times in awe and wonder in the bank at the huge painting of the harbour captured in yesteryear. He would skip up and down the steps to the post office and clammor along the high wrought iron fence in front of City Hall. He could hear the horns of barges clearing the locks of the canal down at the river and watch a freight train lumber across the trestle bridge to disappear into the tunnel on the east side.
It was a magical world for a moment, with enticing shoppe lights and store front windows dressed in fine gowns and suits. And, if, the Teacher and the Carpenter had budgeted their earnings just right, there was a visit to George's Delicatessan as an evening meal and a treat.
You could find that family of four at the counter stools laughing and conversing with the old Greek as he cooked up hamburgers on the grille right in front of them. But more often you could find the lil tyke and his sister hunkered down on the bottom shelf of the book and magazine rack leafing thru comic books and Classic Illustrateds.
The old Greek would fain his displeasure with an admonition "This isn't a library." But, his stern look would fade away once he had caught their startled attention, which meant their food was prepared and waiting for them.
It was there, among those books and magazines, the tyke found a picture of Maxfield Parrish's "Arizona". He could see Hopalong Cassidy or The Cisco Kid or Dusty Rhodes chasing the bank robbing, cattle rustling, despicable, scalawag desperados across the canyon gulch. The tyke could hear the crack of a carbine spitting death in anger, feel the thundering earth move and taste the dust in the back of his throat kicked up from the hot pursuit..... even if Mr. Parrish had "forgotten" to include them.
I didn't know I was looking at a Maxfield Parrish print until many years later, but it opened a door I have no intentions of ever going out.
Folks, I'm by no means an expert on Maxfield Parrish. Please, don't ask me what your print is worth. I'm not the one to ask. I just love Maxfield Parrish! You will find a link page of all the current Parrish sites, I'm aware of. I offer it as a resource. I have learned many things from visiting these very same sites. A couple of them are obviously done by people far more skilled than me in art history and collecting. If you know of others, please email me so that I might add them too!
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have found a "small garden" on the Internet here, and paused for a moment to drink from the enchanted work of Mr. Parrish.
The site and the graphics were designed to allow for a quick loadtime on an, admittedly heavy graphic site. As you enter each gallery (for example: Gallery 1905 - 1913) ... allow all the thumbnail images to load. Then, click on the first image and you will be able to "stroll" thru each of the images, mearly click on the forward arrow when you wish to go on to the next image.
Grace & Peace,