Description: Parrish's Interlude

Maxfield Parrish was commissioned to create this painting for the Eastman Theatre in 1922, when it was being built.  The painting depicts three girls seated at the bottom of a scene mostly taken up by trees, rocks, and a characteristic deep-blue sky. There is a story that the two figures at the right were local girls, nieces of George W. Todd, a business associate of George Eastman and a board member of the Eastman Theatre. 

Parrish must have enjoyed his connection with the beautiful new music venue; he listened to classical music as he painted, and once wrote in a letter, “Were I rich… I would endow music, good music and lots of music.  I wish with all my heart it were my medium instead of bad pictures.”

  • Artist: Maxfield Parrish, American, 1870—1966
  • Created: 1922
  • Credit Line: Lent by the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, 5.97L