Maurice Prendergast
Prendergast
Maurice Prendergast was never a true Impressionist, but he had distant affinities with the movement - he was considerably influenced by Whistler, and by a lesser known figure named Charles Conder, who when very young was one of the "Heidelberg School" painters of tonal impressionist landscape in Australia, but by the early 1890s was painting decorative pictures in Paris.

Prendergast was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, but grew up in Boston. He first visited Paris in 1886, and returned there in the winter of 1890-91, staying three years and studying at the Colarossi Academy and the Academie Julien.

By then, of course, Impressionism was a completely established and accepted style in Paris, and the new tendencies with which alert art students had to contend were Symbolism, Neo-Impressionism - Seurat, Signac, and their followers - and the work of Gauguin, Bonnard, Vuillard, and the circle of the Nabis or "Prophets," such as Serusier and Maurice Denis. Prendergast enthusiastically absorbed their basic doctrine that a painting, before representing anything, should be perceived as a flat surface covered with ordered patches of color. He wasn't much interested in Impressionist "atmosphere"; he evolved a brilliant, sparkling watercolor technique in which the surface became a mosaic of rotund, swirling forms, laid close side by side, with deep perspectives that nevertheless had an air of frontality.
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Beach No  3 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach No 3
West Church, Boston I - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
West Church, Boston I
Beach At Gloucester - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach At Gloucester
Dieppe - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Dieppe
Along The Shore - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Along The Shore
Venice - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Venice
After The Storm - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
After The Storm
Woman On Ship Deck  Looking Out To Sea Aka Girl At... - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Woman On Ship Deck Looking Out To Sea Aka Girl At...
Seashore2 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Seashore2
Central Park, 1901 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Central Park, 1901
Telegraph Hill - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Telegraph Hill
Fiesta - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Fiesta

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