August 28, 2012



Venetian Lamplighters, 1924

Originally scheduled to conclude this September, the NMAI's Maxfield Parrish: The Retrospective exhibition is extended through the Fall of 2013, due to its incredible popularity and accolades. Visitors have already come from as far as China, S. Korea, Sweden, the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic, anon..., not to mention from all over the United States, just to visit the Parrish exhibition and  NMAI.

Maxfield Parrish: The Retrospective  has had A Super-Extraordinary Response!

A Florentine Fete, 1916

The NMAI has the single largest collection of Maxfield Parrish artworks in the world. Our American Imagist Collection includes his largest work (see: above), a self-proclaimed "Magnum Opus," 'The Florentine Fete,' comprises 18 murals (each 10 1/2 feet tall) and his smallest work, 'The Tallwood Pearl' (painted on a 1 1/2 inch diameter Mother of Pearl button-for his gardner's daughter, who collected buttons; see: below), on view along with 64 other Parrish artworks,  the largest exhibition of Parrish original artworks ever held.

NMAI holds the largest Maxfield Parrish collection of original paintings extant - over 100 artworks as well as every vintage artprint, book illustration, magazine cover and advertisement he created.


Tallwood Pearl, 1955



NMAI's 2012 Weekend General Admissions hours conclude on Sunday, September 2. Until next Memorial Day, the NMAI will be open on a year-round General Admissions basis every Friday from 11am to 5pm, with a guided tour at 3pm. The NMAI is open year round by advance reservation for guided group tours of 8 or more, and individuals interested in visiting on days other than Friday during our off season are encouraged to telephone in case there are any group tours scheduled to which they can be appended.


With the popular Norman Rockwell's America exhibition traveling from Newport to the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama this month, the NMAI is exhibiting its Howard Pyle & His Students exhibition. Pyle (1854-1911), known as 'The Father of American Illustration,' was a prolific illustrator, as well as a major author of books and periodicals in the late 19th century. Pyle founded the first school for illustration art in 1894 at what is now Philadelphia's Drexel University, and later founded the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art in the Brandywine River area at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The students attending his school became known as the 'Brandywine School of Illustrators.'

left: Howard Pyle, the 'Father of American Illustration'


Many of Pyle's students  became famous illustrators:  Stanley Arthurs (1884 - 1952), Harvey Dunn (1877 - 1950), Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871 - 1954), Violet Oakley (1874 - 1961), Frank Schoonover (1877 - 1972), Jessie Willcox Smith (1863 - 1935), and N.C. Wyeth (1882 - 1945). As the first significant wave of commerical illustrators in America, the Brandywine School artist-illustrators wielded a strong influence on others such as Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966) and Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978). Parrish actually audited Pyle's classes for about two weeks in the early 1890s, before Pyle suggested that he immediately embark on his career as an illustrator.

Above Brandywine Artists: Clockwise from top - Marooned, by Howard Pyle. 1887; The Prisoners, by Harvey Dunn. 1914; Little Miss Muffet, by Jessie Willcox Smith. 1912; Waiting at the Ford, by Stanley Arthurs. c. 1915


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The National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent, educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carrére and Hastings designed Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art. Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, and 150 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture, creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure. The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.



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