Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe
by Alma M. Gilbert
About the author
The nationally touring exhibition Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe is curated by the author, a long-time Parrish scholar and dealer. Alma Gilbert-Smith's career as an art historian began when her family moved to California where she maintained three important galleries dedicated to investment art. There she organized Parrish exhibitions beginning in the early 1970s. In addition to the essay for this catalogue, she has written several other books including Maxfield Parrish: The Masterworks; Maxfield Parrish: The Landscapes; Maxfield Parrish: A Treasury of Art and Children's Literature; The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin; A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the Cornish Colony, and Cornish Colony Book of Days. She is married to Peter W. Smith from Concord, MA. The couple has chosen to live and retire at The Oaks, the former home of Maxfield Parrish.
About the catalogue
Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, published in 2005 by Philip Wilson Publishers, Ltd., London in association with the Trust For Museum Exhibitions, is a 136-page fully-illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name, organized by The Trust For Museum Exhibitions. The exhibition is touring nationally in 2005 and 2006. The essay by the author is contained within pages 11 through 118 of the catalogue. ISBN 0 85667 601 2 (right: front cover, Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe)
About the Trust For Museum Exhibitions
The Trust For Museum Exhibitions is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit service organization committed to providing the finest in exhibitions and technical support to museums and cultural centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Resource Library editor's notes
The above essay was reprinted, without accompanying illustrations, on June 21, 2005 in Resource Library with permission of the author and The Trust for Museum Exhibitions. If you have questions or comments regarding the essay or wish to purchase a copy of Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, please contact The Trust for Museum Exhibitions directly through either this phone number or web address:
Resource Library extends its appreciation to Ms. Diane C. Salisbury, Director of Exhibitions, and Ms. Elizabeth A. Old, Assistant Director of Exhibitions, Trust for Museum Exhibitions, for their help in securing permissions from the author and the Trust for reprinting of this essay.
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1. Alma Gilbert-Smith's biographical information is obtained from combined sources including the catalogue Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe
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Index of Essay Sections
1. Early Works: 1895-1910
2. Parrish and Photography
3. The Models
4. The Murals
5. Color Lithography: 1917-22
6. The Peak Years and the Magnum Opus: 1918-30
7. The Move to Landscapes
8. Twentieth-Century Icon: Parrish's Influence on American Art
The following photograph from TFAO's photo library allows readers of the above essay to view an image of the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, "the longest covered bridge in the United States" referenced in 7. The Move to Landscapes.
(above: Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, 2013. Photo by John Hazeltine)
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