"Daybreak" painted by Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was the most popular art print of the 20th Century. It was painted in 1922 for the express purpose of use as a prototype for art prints. It has been the most reproduced art image in history. In the few years after the 18"x30" oil painting on board was reproduced for prints, it is said that one of every four American homes had a copy on its wall. It has outsold prints of da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and Andy Warhol's "Campbell Soup Cans.
I am lucky enough to have spotted a copy years ago at an antique show. Mine is shown in the photo at the top of this page. It is one of the early 18"x30" copies in a vintage frame from the period. A Parrish frame is usually a gold color with an inner border of dark blue, also known as "Parrish blue." The blue on my frame has darkened, but it is easy to see that it was blue at one time.
detail from vintage frame
I have enjoyed its whimsy for more than twenty years. It set me on a quest for information about Maxfield Parrish and a search for more of his prints. I always look for bargains in such purchases. I bought "Daybreak" at bargain price and have since acquired prints of "The Dinkey-Bird" (1904) and "Air Castles" (1905).