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View at Val San Zibio, Near Battaglia

Parrish, M.
View at Val San Zibio, Near Battaglia
signed with initials 'M∙P' (lower left)—signed again and dated 'January of 1904.' (on a label affixed to the reverse)—signed again and inscribed 'Pool at Val San Zibio' (on another label affixed to the reverse)
oil on paper laid down on board
17 x 11 ½ in. (43.2 x 29.2 cm.)
Painted in 1904.
Private collection, France.
Private collection, Normandy, France.
Christophe Joron-Derem, Paris, 19 December 2017, lot 49.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
E. Wharton, Italian Villas and Their Gardens, New York, 1904, p. 235, illustrated.
E. Wharton, "Italian Villas and Their Gardens," Century Magazine, vol. LXVIII, no. 6, October 1904, p. 888, illustrated (as View at Val San Zibio).
C. Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 206, no. 370.
W. Holland, D. Congdon-Martin, The Collectible Maxfield Parrish, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 1993, pp. 31, 57, illustrated (as Val San Zibio, near Battaglia and View at Val San Zibio).
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 100th Anniversary Exhibition, January 23-March 4, 1905, p. 19, no. 177 (as Pool at Val San Zibio).

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Lot Essay

View at Val San Zibio, Near Battaglia belongs to a series of landscapes painted by Maxfield Parrish to serve as illustrations for the 1904 publication, Italian Villas and their Gardens. Originally commissioned by Century Magazine as a series of articles, the writings were ultimately compiled into a book, with commentary by Edith Wharton. To prepare for the project, Parrish traveled to Italy in March of 1903, staying for three months, to take photographs and sketch the surrounding landscape. According to Coy Ludwig, "Italian Villas and Their Gardens provided an avenue of expression for Parrish's architectural interests, as well as for his growing desire to paint landscapes. The paintings, as a result, were a sensitive and striking departure from his more fanciful work, to which the public had grown accustomed." (Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 32) Another from this series is in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota.

The present work depicts the gardens of Villa Barbargio, south of Padua, Italy. The sprawling property was commissioned by the 17th-century nobleman Giovani Francesco Barbargio and his sons to symbolize man's journey toward revelation and perfection.

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