Suffused with the incandescent imagery that has earned him a lasting and unique place in American art history, Maxfield Parrish's 1929 painting Ecstasy is a stark and stirring promotional image. Painted on commission for the annual calendar of the General Electric Mazda Lamp company, Parrish's suitably dreamy vision takes the viewer back to their childhood with an imagined reproduction of a young woman standing aloof atop a rock. As she admires the blue of the sky, a particular hue that the artist managed to safeguard as his own, the unearthly light appears to illuminate the jagged terrain. It is an exquisite advertising image and a complete departure from the Art Deco style dominant in promotional material and popular culture in the late 1920s.
Using his nineteen year old child Jean for the model for the last time, her having appeared in a number of the artist's great works, Parrish utilizes the distinct sheen and gloss that had earned him a great reputation as a illustrator for popular magazines in the first decades of the twentieth-century. In those years before the dominance of cinema, magazines played a key role in American social and political life, shaping childhoods, dictating fashions, and influencing tastes. As a fairly ubiquitous figure on the magazine circuit, Parrish illustrated for Hearst's, Colliers, and Life. After building up a substantial reputation with the magazines themselves, Parrish naturally was headhunted by the advertisers, working on commission for a number of the leading brands. In 1929 he was called up by General Electric Mazda Lamps, and despite having turning his back on commercial reproductions in favour of pursuing the painterly craft, he agreed to paint Ecstasy, a stunning incentive for customers to buy into the heady world of inter-war American capitalism.
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