American artist Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966) got his start as an illustrator for books by renowned writers of his day, like Eugene Field. His works were widely printed and reproduced, and most homes in America housed at least one of his illustrations. He lived well on the royalties from his prints and calendars. His unique layering of pigments created luminescent colors, particularly blues, which became known eponymously as Parrish Blue". He continued working until his death at the age of 96.