Parys, Alfred J.

Parys, Alfred (1913-1969)

Alfred Parys was born in Rockville, Connecticut in 1913. He lived for over forty years in New Britain and the last fifteen years of his life in Newington. For the WPA Federal Arts Project, he was assigned to the Index of American Design under the supervision of John Matulis. In 1941 Matulis, Martha Elliot, and Parys gained some national renown when Franklin Delano Roosevelt exhibited in his library three of the plates they completed for the Index. In addition to his art, Parys collected antiques. Some of his art work was exhibited at Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For a time he worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft’s North Haven plant, and he was a former vice president of Production Services Mfg. Co. of Newington. He was a life member of Sturbridge Village and belonged to the Art League of New Britain. Parys died at New Britain General Hospital at the age of 56.


Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; Social Security Death Index;Hartford Courant: “3 State Artists Have Work in Hyde Park Show,” September 13, 1941; “Alfred Parys Dies; Was Noted Artist,” December 1, 1969; WPA Federal Arts Project Newsletter, September 1938; Edwin O. Christensen, The Index of American Design, (National Gallery of Art, 1950), pp.192, 207;

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Alfred Parys:

Red Glazed Preserve Jar: watercolor & crayon
Jar & Cover: watercolor
Bottle: watercolor
Jug with Handle: watercolor
Plate: watercolor
Jar: watercolor
Small Bowl: watercolor
Penn Bowl: watercolor
Caricature Jug: watercolor
Sign J. Porter: watercolor
Sign Liberty: watercolor
Sign E. Marsh: watercolor
Sign Read Tavern: watercolor
Parys, Alfred J.