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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Central Park Aka Central Park  New York City - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Central Park Aka Central Park New York City
Central Park 4 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Central Park 4
The Dancers - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Dancers
Promenade Salem - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Promenade Salem
Central Park2 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Central Park2
Boston Harbor - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Boston Harbor
Revere Beach4 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Revere Beach4
The Donkey Driver - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Donkey Driver
Small Fishing Boats  Treport  France - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Small Fishing Boats Treport France
Beach At St  Malo4 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach At St Malo4
Venetian Palaces On The Grand Canal - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Venetian Palaces On The Grand Canal
The Picnic - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Picnic

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