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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Can Can Dancer - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Can Can Dancer
Farmhouse In New England - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Farmhouse In New England
Small Fishing Boats  Treport  France - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Small Fishing Boats Treport France
The Picnic - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Picnic
Beach At St  Malo4 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach At St Malo4
Rainbow - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Rainbow
Elephant - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Elephant
Central Park 4 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Central Park 4
Beach Scene With Lighthouse Aka Children At The Seashore - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach Scene With Lighthouse Aka Children At The Seashore
The Pavilion - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Pavilion
Maypole - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Maypole
Revere Beach2 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Revere Beach2

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