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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At The Park - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
At The Park
A Dark Day - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
A Dark Day
The Flying Horses - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Flying Horses
Still Life With Flowers - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Still Life With Flowers
Seaside Picnic - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Seaside Picnic
Village Against Purple Mountain - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Village Against Purple Mountain
Sienna - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Sienna
Fiesta   Venice   S  Pietro In Volta Aka The Day Before... - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Fiesta Venice S Pietro In Volta Aka The Day Before...
The Porch With The Old Mosaics  St  Marks  Venice - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Porch With The Old Mosaics St Marks Venice
Summer Outing - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Summer Outing
Easter Procession  St  Marks - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Easter Procession St Marks
Sunset - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Sunset

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