"The Rawhide Part III"   Lot no. 4132

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By Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)

16.00" x 12.125"
Oil on Paper Mounted on Board
Signed Lower Right, Signed Again and Dated August of 1904 on Reverse



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The Rawhide Part III, 'He swung himself into the saddle and rode away.'

signed with initials M·P (lower right); also signed again Maxfield Parrish, dated August of 1904. and inscribed “The Oaks”/Windsor: Vermont. (on the reverse); also inscribed “Rawhide”. Part III. last paragraph./”Then he swung himself into the saddle and rode away straight down/the narrow arroyo, out beyond its lower wi*ing, into the vast/plain the hither side of the Chiracahuas…Then/suddenly he was gone. The desert had swallowed him up.” (on an original label affixed to the stretcher)



Stewart Edward White, "The Rawhide," McClure's Magazine, January 1905, illustrated as a frontispiece

Coy Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, no. 387, p. 210


New York, Gallery of Modern Art, 1964

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To behold the work of American illustrator Maxfield Parrish (1870–1966) is to enter into a fantasy world of ethereal beauty. Whether a book illustration, magazine cover, painting or mural commission, his flawlessly rendered subjects and fairy-tale settings are infused with a sense of mythical beauty unmatched by any artist in his wake

A Unique Approach

The magic and sublime spirit of Parrish’s work is the result of his unique approach to painting. He began with a white base which served to illuminate the image from the first layer up through to the last. Repeated layering of varnish on the surface of the pigment heightened the vibrancy of his colors, yielding shades like the famous "Parrish blue," a rich cobalt that is now indelibly associated with the artist. This singular technique allowed Parrish to convey textures and patterns with the intense detail and saturation of color that became trademarks of his best works.

This May, a museum-quality collection of 11 works by Maxfield Parrish pay tribute to the superior talent and unique vision of this seminal artist. A leading highlight of the collection is Sing a Song of Six Pence, measuring over 13 feet long and painted as a mural for the hotel bar of the Sherman House in Chicago, Illinois. Parrish began his career painting a mural of Old King Cole for the University of Pennsylvania in 1894, and was immediately recognized for his ability to render exquisite detail on a monumental scale. He often projected photographic images and then painted directly on the surface of his murals, which may account for the veracity of the features displayed in this work.