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Old 06-01-2019, 11:40 PM   #1
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June 2nd, 2019 : Daybreak

Maxfield Parrish (his real name was Fred) was born in Philly, and his father was an artist, who took Max on a tour of Europe
when he was 10. Max went the Pennsylvania College of Arts then shared a studio with his Dad in Gloucester, MA.
Max had a wildly successful career as an illustrator along with Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth when the demand was at itís peak.
He was making $100,000 a year doing mostly calendars and ads by 1910, which is $2.7 million today. Not bad for a guy in his 20ís.
Then in 1922 Max created Daybreak, we looked upon it, and said it was good.



Some snooty experts called it pedestrian art, but we pedestrians loved it.
I read in the following years 25%, 1 in 4 families, had a copy in their home.
And why not, itís calm, sort of dreamy, kind of classic/classy, and the nymphs are kind of sexy.
Itís something you can stare at while drinking a cup of coffee or a beer, and drift off lost in your thoughts.

Then I looked at Google images I see all these picture of the same thing but very different.



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Parrish eventually moved out of The Oaks and into the studio with Susan Lewin. His wife began to take long trips with their four children. The arrangement scandalized Plainfield, but Parrish and Lewin claimed to have only a Platonic friendship.

He hadn't finished with Susan Lewin, though. Their arrangement continued for 55 years until Lydia Parrish died in 1960. Maxfield Parrish was 90, Susan Lewin was 71, and they could finally marry. He declined, and she left him to marry someone else.
Ha ha ha, you go girl.

Here is a discussion by seemingly knowledgeable people about his painting technique and itís possible effect on the
great variation in the copies out there.



Now donít you feel more knowledgeable on fine art? How about pedestrian art?


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Old 06-02-2019, 12:30 PM   #2
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Ö Now donít you feel more knowledgeable on fine art?
If Fred's intention was that the two columns allude to the Pillars of Hercules, then becoming more knowledgeable was implied ŗ la Sir Francis Bacon:

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Ö The Pillars appear prominently on the engraved title page of Sir Francis Bacon's Instauratio Magna ("Great Renewal"), 1620, an unfinished work of which the second part was his influential Novum Organum. The motto along the base says Multi pertransibunt et augebitur scientia ("Many will pass through and knowledge will be the greater"). Ö
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Old 06-02-2019, 11:07 PM   #3
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What makes you think he was trying to allude to the Pillars of Hercules?
There were a shitload of buildings/places with columns and the presence of Nymphs expands the territory exponentially.
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Old 06-02-2019, 11:41 PM   #4
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At daybreak there's an awakening which can be a metaphor for learning new things. Couple this with columns (not trees, bushes, statues...etc.) and two columns at that (not 1,3,4...etc.). It exudes symbolism akin to the Pillars.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:29 AM   #5
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Yeah, I guess that works for you, they remind me of erections.
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Old 06-03-2019, 04:20 PM   #6
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I guess it's like that old saying:

One man's pedestrian art is another man's fine art.

(or something like that)
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:00 PM   #7
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Most of what the experts call fine art they could wrap fish with it for all I care, but every once in awhile I see something (not painted on velvet) I really like a lot. I wouldn't pay much money though because my judgment/taste shouldn't be trusted.
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:18 PM   #8
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I wouldn't pay much money though because my judgment/taste shouldn't be trusted.
I guess you wouldn't want to pay investment-level funds for it, but when it comes to art I figure it's worth what it's worth to you. We have a giant painting in our bedroom that a lot of people would say I paid too much for (several hundred,) but I love it. It brings me joy, so I say it's worth it.
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:56 PM   #9
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Sure, I have a half dozen cheap paintings, $5 in the 1950's, done on gray shirt cardboard complete with happy little trees,. I love 'em.
I would't consider art an investment, more like a crap shoot.
Yeah, yeah people have made fortunes on art, people have also made fortunes on the lottery too, but the odds are bad.
Art investment is for people with too much money, and it's not about art, it's about bragging rights.

Oh, and art, like diamonds and drugs, are only worth what someone is willing to pay. When shit hits the fan... worthless. Except maybe the drugs.
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