Laughing Blue

Here’s an old post I love that I would like to share once again. You need to look at the whole thing because your life depends on seeing as many Maxfield Parrish pictures as you can in this lifetime.

Catch a Falling Star

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Griselda by Maxfield Parrish

One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in the art world are the paintings of Maxfield Parrish.  That’s why this post needs to be about his work instead of mine.  He made his mark painting ads for tire companies and on the ends of orange crates.  The secret to his melancholy beauty is the cobalt blue underpainting he always did.  Of course, the dominant color over all is a ghostly, iridescent blue.  It fills his paintings with quiet grace and powerful emotions.  I love that laughing blue quality more than any other thing I’ve ever seen in the realm of art.
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I love to use the term “laughing blue”.  It’s an oxymoron that sums up me better than any other descriptive phrase.  It is the laughter that goes on so long and so hard that it causes tears, and at the same time…

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  1. Maxfield Parrish is one of my very favorite artists. If only the world could really be that way.

    Another artist I really love is Charles Dana Gibson.

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