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Fantasies & Fairy Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print

October 30 through January 09, 2011

Maxfield Parrish was one of the early 20th century’s most popular and well-known artists who undertook hundreds of commissions for book illustrations, magazine covers, advertisements and lithographs that reveal both his sense of humor and his unparallelled eye for graphic design. Though modern scholarship pays increasing attention to Maxfield Parrish’s career as a fine artist, the immense popularity of his work during the early 20th century rested upon his commercial design work. In many cases, Parrish’s original paintings were a direct result of these commercial enterprises. Before abandoning figurative work in the 1950s, Parrish undertook hundreds of these commissions. This exhibition presents a comprehensive sampling of Parrishs printed works, offering insight into the multifaceted relationship between the worlds of commercial and fine art.

Organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, DC and International Arts, Memphis, Tennessee.



Sponsored by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC, BB&T, Ted & Donna Giles, and Barganier Davis Sims Architects.




Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts