I have been playing the video game Skyrim a lot lately. And just to make a connection between fantasy paintings and this fantasy game I give you Maxfield Parrish.
First off Skyrim rocks. An HD video game with 5,000+ hours of digital escapism hunting dragons. Seriously Skyrim just rocks and dragons have the best treasure.
Skyrim was released at midnight 11-11-11. I know that because I was one of the geeks at GameStop in uptown Minneapolis for the midnight release with the rest of the entertainment hungry flock.
As to Maxfield Parrish, I have never really liked his subject matter, albeit his technical skill at rendering realistic and painterly works is nearly unmatched in art history. I love the way his work appears as if it were a silver gelatin print. This painting is at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where I spend way too much time, but not nearly as much as i have spent playing Skyrim lately.
"Dream Castle in the Sky"
1908, oil on canvas
"I don't know what people find or like in me, I'm hopelessly commonplace! Current appreciation of my work is a bit highbrow, I've always considered myself a popular artist."