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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Peaches Point - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Peaches Point
Handkerchief Point (Coastal Scene) - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Handkerchief Point (Coastal Scene)
May Day  Central Park Aka Central Park Or Children... - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
May Day Central Park Aka Central Park Or Children...
Revere Beach - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Revere Beach
Seascape - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Seascape
At The Shore (Capri) - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
At The Shore (Capri)
Bathers And Strollers - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Bathers And Strollers
Acadia - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Acadia
Bathing Tents  St  Malo - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Bathing Tents St Malo
Shipyard Children Playing - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Shipyard Children Playing
Easter Procession, St. Marks - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Easter Procession, St. Marks
Autumn In New England - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Autumn In New England

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