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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Venice 2 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Venice 2
Idyllic Landscape - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Idyllic Landscape
Splash of Sunshine and Rain - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Splash of Sunshine and Rain
Scene Of Venice - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Scene Of Venice
Beechmont - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beechmont
Sunset And Sea Fog - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Sunset And Sea Fog
The Bathers - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Bathers
The Bridle Path  Central Park - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
The Bridle Path Central Park
Summer In The Park - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Summer In The Park
Boat Landing  Dinnard - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Boat Landing Dinnard
Beach  St  Malo - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach St Malo
Beach No  3 - Maurice Brazil Prendergast - www.mauricebrazilprendergast.org
Beach No 3

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